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Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls)
MUSIC DEPARTMENT RESIDENCY • WORLD PREMIERE
Ancient epic of Central Asian women warriors told through live music, poetry and contemporary film.
“[Ismailova’s] films … deliver powerful visual narratives about women … beautifully and simply rendered.”
Ran Dian, Hong Kong
Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulayim, the teenage girl who fought off Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girl warriors. Accompanied by Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova’s mesmerizing projected images and composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s evocative score, seven virtuosic young female bards play instruments and sing a rare and ancient matriarchal narrative of powerful women.
Post-performance discussion with the artists
Co-presented with the Aga Khan Music Initiative.
Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts and by the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS.
The Hopkins Center for Arts hosts the world premiere of an ancient epic of Central Asian “girl power” told through music, poetry and contemporary film. Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls) will be presented in The Moore Theater on Thursday, March 1, at 7 pm. This premier kicks off a New England tour for the new work, which will then be performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
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1 & 2. Still images from Qyrq Qyz film; courtesy of Saodat Ismailova
3. Qyrq Qyz performer Makhabat Kobogonova, courtesy of the artist