Silk Moth

for soprano and ensemble

--- Bushra El-Turk

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for soprano and ensemble

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Composer Bushra El-Turk
Year of Composition 2015
Duration ca.30'
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-bet1sm1


Bushra El-Turk’s opera is at once aesthetically intelligent and culturally engaged…Silk Moth” was the most significant debut overheard by this journalist in 2015… a necessarily intense musical and dramatic experience…a well-wrought piece of composition, powerfully performed.’
– Jim Quilty, Beirut Daily Star

Who is to blame when a family kills one of their own?

Every year an estimated 5000 women worldwide are murdered by their own families in so-called honour killings, 12 of them in the UK. ‘Silkmoth’ places onstage a mother. We are her guests at home. This one-woman opera raises powerful questions: what is her role in this horrific ‘tradition’? Is she a victim, submissive, or coldly complicit? But she conveys that, from the moment a daughter is born, she represents shame, dishonour and sexual provocation, all of which have to be washed away into non existence. The raw energy of the ensemble is scattered around the space, engulfing the audience and the mother, to experience this audio visual landscape that leads to it’s shocking cultural conclusion.

More information: Silk Moth Opera website