FirstWorks Frontier Series: QYRQ QYZ / Forty Girls

FirstWorks Frontier Series: QYRQ QYZ / Forty Girls  

Presented by FirstWorks at RISD Auditorium

March 14, 2018

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. 


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 and costumes by Kamilla Kurmanbekova 

Lighting design by Séverine Rième 

Produced by Fairouz Nishanova and Theodore Levin 

Admission Info


TICKETS: $25 advance / $30 at door. Student tickets $15

Phone: 401 421 4278

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Dates & Times

Dates: March 14, 2018


Venue Info

RISD Auditorium

17 Canal Street
Providence, RI 02906


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