Driving Force of a Civilization: Brooklyn Academy & Aga Khan Music Presents: Forty Girls (Qyrq Qyz)

Driving Force of a Civilization: Brooklyn Academy & Aga Khan Music Presents: Forty Girls (Qyrq Qyz)BAM and Aga Khan Music Initiative present
Directed by Saodat Ismailova
Music by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky

“…for me this project celebrates the spiritual dimension of women and their ability to become the driving force of a civilization.”

—Saodat Ismailova

Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulaim, the teenage warrior who defended ancient clans from Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girls, Amazons of Turkic legend. Enduring for centuries in a male-dominated epic tradition, this powerful matriarchal narrative comes to full-throated life in the Aga Khan Music Initiative’s multimedia retelling, conceived and directed by internationally acclaimed Uzbek film and video artist Saodat Ismailova (40 Days of Silence).

Driving Force of a Civilization: Brooklyn Academy & Aga Khan Music Presents: Forty Girls (Qyrq Qyz)As the next generation of Turkic female poets and storytellers sing Gulaim’s legend–accompanying themselves on dutar (two-stringed lute), kyl-kiyak (two-stringed bowl fiddle), and jaw harp–Ismailova’s mesmerizing video, scored by acclaimed Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, weaves an emotional tapestry of legendary female power.

Scenography by Kamilla Kurmanbekova
Movement and lighting design by Séverine Rième
Costumes by Hilola Sher

Produced by the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Source: BAM | Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls)

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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