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Woman at Point Zero, at the Royal Opera House

We sometimes have to think twice about whether to include some of Hyelim Kim’s musical activities on this site, as there is sometimes little Korean content in the event as a whole, other than the participation of Hyelim and her daegeum. But most of her enterprises are so innovative and enjoyable that we post them regardless. This production is definitely one we’re going to see.

Woman at Point Zero, at the Royal Opera House

Date: Wednesday 28 June - Friday 30 June 2023, 7:45pm
Royal Opera House | Bow Street | Covent Garden | London WC2E 9DD | | [Map]

Tickets: £5–£45 | General booking opens on 13 April 2023
Performance will be in the Linbury Theatre
The hands of a middle eastern woman rest on an Arabic newspaper

A story of two women who share their memories, experiences and secrets.

Inspired by the seminal novel 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, that unfolds over one day. They share their memories, experiences and secrets – moving from distrust to curiosity and solidarity and finally friendship.

From this universal story of abuse and emancipation, composer Bushra El-Turk, director Laila Soliman, writer Stacy Hardy and scenographer and film designer Bissane Al Charif create a multimedia opera. Conducted by Kanako Abe, the music blends Western and Eastern traditions, performed on a unique mix of ancient folk instruments by musicians from all over the world (including Hyelim Kim on daegeum).

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