After the two festivals "Female Voice of Iran" and "Female Voice of Afghanistan", the Contemporary Opera Berlin this time is dedicated to the Kurdish culture. With cinematic portraits, live concerts and a virtual festival on its own YouTube channel, the Contemporary Opera Berlin tries to present the diversity of Kurdish culture, which travelers today cannot easily experience due to complex political limitations.
With around 40 million people worldwide, Kurds form the largest ethnic group without a state recognized under international law.
Yalda Yazdani and Andreas Rochholl traveled to various regions of Kurdistan and portrayed eight female singers from the four main regions of Kurdish culture.
Programme live on stage:
- Sahar LOTFI and Hani MOJTAHEDI: from Eastern Kurdistan, in Kurdish: Rojhelat, in Western Iran.
- In addition, premiere of the filmic portraits of Jinda KANJO and Sîdar IBRAHIM from Western Kurdistan, in Kurdish: Rojava, in the north-east of Syria.
- Berfin AKTAY and Sakina TEYNA: from Northern Kurdistan, in Kurdish Barkur, in the south of Turkey.
- In addition, premiere of the cinematic portraits of Kawyar HADI and Wajeda KHERO from the autonomous region of Kurdistan, Başǔr' in northern Iraq.
- all eight concerts and portraits will be published on the YouTube channel.
After numerous stage projects, the ZOB started looking for new performative forms even before the Corona pandemic, also in the digital world. The videos of the festivals "Female Voice of Iran" and "Female Voice of Afghanistan" have now reached more than 5 million viewers on her YouTube channel.
- Artistic Director - Yalda Yazdani
- Director/Producer - Andreas Rochholl
- Creative Director/Editor - Sebastian Leitner