PRODUCTION LOD MUSIEKTHEATER
A COPRODUCTION WITH DESINGEL ANTWERPEN, OPERA BALLET VLAANDEREN, CONCERTGEBOUW BRUGGE & TRANSPARANT, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE COVENT GARDEN, SHUBBAK FESTIVAL LONDON, FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE, SNAPE MALTINGS, GRAND THÉÂTRE DE LUXEMBOURG
WITH THE SUPPORT OF ENOA ET LE PROGRAMME EUROPE CRÉATIVE DE L’UNION EUROPÉENNE
FEDORA, AFAC (THE ARAB FUND FOR ART AND CULTURE)
They sentenced me to death not because I had killed— because thousands of people kill every day. No, they sentenced me to death because they are afraid of me living. They know that if I live, I will eventually kill them.Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero (1975)
An Egyptian woman awaits on death row: she killed a man, her pimp, in self-defence and has been sentenced to be hanged. Ferdaous, whose name means “paradise” in Arabic, recounts her cautionary tale from hell: it is the story of a woman who, since her earliest childhood, has suffered all forms possible of male domination and exploitation, including prostitution. Based on the thought-provoking novel by Nawal El Saadawi, a leading advocate for women’s rights in Egypt, Woman at Point Zero is driven by four female artists—composer Bushra El-Turk, stage director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy, and film director Aida Elkashef—who wish to promote a different expression of women’s voices in opera, and by so doing, reinvent the form and language of that expression. Empowerment, sisterhood, and a liberating humour are the ingredients of this multimedia opera, which broadens its discourse by drawing on diverse musical sources and styles, from both Western and non-Western society. It is supported by ENOA, the European network of opera academies, and was awarded the Fedora Prize.
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