Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan
In its most ambitious cross-cultural collaboration work to date, Alliance for New Music-Theatre is developing a music-rich retelling of Euripides’ most famous anti-war play “Trojan Women” set in modern day Afghanistan. As the women sing and share their stories, they reach into Afghanistan’s rich and multi-cultural past, stitching together stories and songs that bring us into a deeper and more complex portrait most of us only see through the lens of a war-torn country. A hopeful and more uplifting side shines a light on the resilience of Afghan women, the beauty of their creative expressions, and especially their voices in music and poetry.
Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan is a music-theatre adaptation represents a cross-cultural collaboration between Afghan and American artists and will showcase the cooperative efforts of two playwright-poets, two co-composers, and 16 performers drawn from American and Afghan musicians and singer-actors. The new work of music-theatre represents the company’s mission of cultural diplomacy through the narrative of the important role of women in developing and nurturing the rebirth of civil society, that speaks to the strength, resilience and creative power of Afghan culture.
The Alliance has been invited to share its development in three public workshop performances which will focus on the music of rubab (Quraishi) and cello (Dawn Avery), poetry (Yalda Baktash), classical dance of Afghanistan (Jennifer Tether), and the integration of puppetry (Designer/Director Eric Wright).
Selections from the work were presented at the following dates and venues:
Saturday, September 1, at 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater as part of its Page to Stage Festival
Sunday, September 2, at 2:30 p.m. at The LINE DC in Adams Morgan (1770 Euclid St NW) as part of its Cultural Engagement Live and In-Podcast Series
Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. a Reading with Music & Conversation in the theater at the Universalist National Memorial Church on 16th and S Streets