Born in London, Bushra El-Turk has written over 50 works for the concert hall, the stage, film, TV and live art performance. Her work is often defined by the integration of musics and musicians from different cultural traditions, and the compulsion to highlight and challenge socio-cultural issues. Her works blur written and improvisational elements, forebearing the influence of her Lebanese roots all the while leaning towards the theatrical, creating works that are '...ironic...', '...arresting...' and of 'limitless imagination'.
Bushra is central artist
of ALL ARIAS 2021
Musictheatre Biennal Festival
Sun 18 Apr - Fri 30 Apr 2021
During the new biennial All Arias festival, cultural partners from Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent join forces to present a compelling programme of local and foreign music theatre. The central guest in this first edition is British-Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk. In her new project Woman at Point Zero she focusses on the oppression of women in the Arab world, a topic in full keeping with the festival theme: ‘a voice for the voiceless’. In addition to a whole range of music theatre productions, All Arias brings us a truly urban project: new music theatre by residents of the three organising cities.
Official Website to ALL Arias 2021 is under construction - watch this space!
NEW OPERA COMMISSION
LOD Musiektheater commissions Bushra to write a chamber opera based on Nawal El-Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero, directed by Laila Soliman, libretto by Stacy Hardy and documentary film by Aida El-Kashef. Kanako Abe will conduct Ensemble Zar who will join singers Nai Barghouti and Dima Orsho on stage.
W@P.0 has won the FEDORA Prize for Opera Innovation