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QYRQ QYZ is about woman power in Muslim cultures, and Islamic and female stereotypes. Enduring for centuries in a male-dominated epic tradition, this powerful matriarchal narrative comes to life in a multi-media concert.
QYRQ QYZ is collaboration between two of Uzbekistan’s greatest contemporary artists: filmmaker Saodat Ismailova, and composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. 80 minutes without an intermission. The music and lyrics portray emotions and a sense of inner state rather than narrative. Projected images transport us to the wind- scoured steppes of Central Asia. Seven virtuosic young female bards from that region sing, recite, and play traditional instruments to share an ancient oral epic of female courage and empowerment. There are some subtitles, but not for all the songs. The audiences will follow the narrative through a combination of the visual imagery in the film, the music itself, and the movement and gestures of the performers onstage. Text is in the program booklet, which can be read before watching the show. Appropriate for ages 10+.