Kurt Van der Elst

LOD / Laila Soliman, Bushra El-Turk & Stacy Hardy

Woman at point zero
ihkv All Arias / VIERNULVIER, LOD & Opera Gent present:
26.04 20:00
Past event

Gripping multimedia opera about exploitation and emancipation

LOD music theatre’s new opera ‘Woman at Point Zero’ is inspired by Egyptian feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi’s novel of the same name. The opera follows the story of two women who meet one day in prison: Fatma, a self-made feminist and activist, convicted of manslaughter, and Sama, the young, ambitious documentary filmmaker who seeks to tell Fatma’s story. Initially, there’s a lot of distrust between the two, until curiosity and solidarity prevail and an intense friendship develops. What does it mean to be a woman? How does it feel to be liberated? Can you be freer in prison than on the outside?

‘Woman at Point Zero’ is a universal story that tackles exploitation, sacrifice and the ceaseless quest for freedom.


Compositie: Bushra El-Turk - regie: Laila Soliman libretto: Stacy Hardy - tekst gebaseerd op Woman at Point Zero van Nawal El Saadawi - scenografie & video design: Bissane Al Charif & Julia König - regie-assistent: Nadia Amin - documentaire audiofragmenten: Aida Elkashef - dirigent: Kanako Abe - assistent dirigent: Ivan Cheng - zang: Dima Orsho & Carla Nahadi Babelegoto - ensemble ZAR: Hyelim Kim (taegum), Milos Milivojevic (accordeon), Raphaela Danksagmuller (recorders, crumhorn, fujara, duduk, kaval), Chatori Shimizu (sho), Faraz Eshghi Sahraei (kamancha) & Hanna Kölbel (cello) - repetitor & samples: Samir Bendimered - kostuums: Eli Verkeyn - inspiciënt: Patrick Vanderhaeghen - lichtontwerp: Loes Schakenbos - video: Johannes Ringoot - licht: Jamy Hollebeke - geluid: Carlo Thompson - productieleider: Liesbet Termont - productie: LOD muziektheater - coproductie: All Aria's festival (deSingel Antwerpen, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Concertgebouw Brugge & Transparant), Royal Opera House London, Shubbak Festival London, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Snape Maltings UK & Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg) - met dank aan Kathleen Venneman & Victor Hidalgo - met de steun van enoa (European Network of Opera Academies), PRS Foundation, FEDORA, AFAC (The Arab Fund for Art and Culture) & de TAX Shelter maatregel van de Belgische federale overheid - tax shelter partner Flanders TAX Shelter

In copresentatie met Opera Ballet Vlaanderen / LOD