Woman at Point Zero, at The Royal Opera House
Bushra El-Turk's multimedia opera, inspired by the seminal 1975 novel by Nawal El Saadawi, is presented in London in a poignant encore to this year’s Festival.
Following the story by Egyptian writer and feminist Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero is a story of two women: Fatma, an activist imprisoned for manslaughter, and Sama, an ambitious documentary filmmaker.
They share their memories, experiences and secrets – moving from distrust to curiosity, solidarity and finally friendship, the story unfolding over one day.
From this universal story, four women artists – composer Bushra El-Turk, director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy and scenographer and film designer Bissane Al Charif – create a multimedia opera, reinventing the form and its language. Conducted by Kanako Abe, the music blends traditions and is performed on a mix of ancient folk instruments by musicians from all over the world.