The new opera Woman at Point Zero is based on the same named classic novel from 1975 by the Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi. In it, she describes her meeting with Firdaus, who is on death row in Cairo and who shares her life story the night before her execution. Unearthing her darkest memories of fear, violence and love, Firdaus tells how she got caught up in a vicious cycle of abuse. Until she committed a bloody crime in self-defence.
Composer Bushra El-Turk, director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy and filmmaker Aida Elkashef turn this universal story of exploitation, sacrifice and an unending quest for freedom into a gripping multimedia production. By interweaving different creative insights and challenging prevailing conventions, they reinvent opera as a powerful voice for a new wave of feminism across borders.
Lyrical poetry and genre-defying music are intertwined with compelling testimonies of contemporary women who have committed similar crimes. As a contemporary chorus of female voices – once brutal, damaged and ashamed – they now claim their stories with wry humour, tender intimacy and savage freedom.