We are thrilled with the news of the award to Bushra El-Turk from PRS Foundation, in contribution to the composition of her new opera commissioned by LOD Musiektheater in Belgium which will premiere in April 2021.
Woman at Point Zero is a new opera based on the classic 1975 novel by the Egyptian writer Nawal El Sadaawi. El Sadaawi describes her meeting with Firdaus, a woman on death row in Cairo, who shares her life story the night before her execution…
Burrowing into the hidden places where fear, violence and love are tangled together, Firdaus describes how she is trapped in a vicious cycle of abuse relationships, until the moment she commits a bloody crime in self-defense.
From this universal story of exploitation, erasure and the search for freedom, composer Bushra El-Turk, director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy and filmmaker Aida Elkashef create a new multimedia production that weaves together diverse creative visions and challenges conventions, to reanimate opera as a powerful voice for a new wave feminism without borders.
This is a LOD muziektheater production with coproduction of All Arias festival (deSingel Antwerpen, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Concertgebouw Brugge, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent, LOD muziektheater & Muziektheater Transparant Antwerpen), Royal Opera House London, Shubbak Festival London, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Snape Maltings UK
with the support of the TAX Shelter measure of the Belgian federal gouvernment, enoa: Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
Woman at Point Zero is also a Fedora Prize shortlisted Nominee.
Huge congratulations to Bushra El-Turk and team! We cannot wait to see this new work and publish the music in due course.