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Five productions from in Austria working female composers – from Mirela Ivičević, Manuela Kerer, Belma Bešlić-Gál, Maria Gstättner, and Angélica Castelló
(composition commissions of the styriarte Festival 2016)
“Great daughters” are composing cheeky music for the styriarte Festival, and this ends up in great entertainment on the highest level.
The styriarte invited five female composers to tell their visions on the emancipation of women on one evening of the festival. These visions go far back in history and reach far into the future. With little dramatic pieces the composers will present the eternal struggle with much wit and courage to provoke – in the musical languages of today, and presented in a way, that every guest will go home happily and wiser after the performance. Here are brief descriptions of the pieces:
Trois Chansons Tristes
The Mexican composer Angelica Castelló draws her inspiration for this piece from the texts of the medieval feminist Christine de Pizan.
With her short opera, the South Tyrolian Manuela Kerer steps back into the history of her native country and unfurls a wich trial against the “Schlernhex” of the time around 1500 with grim humour.
Mirela Ivičević from Croatia tells the story of the Serbo-Croatian girl Aleksandra. She was wearing a pink pyjama at the moment she was murdered during the Yugoslavian war by the Croation militia …
Windmühlen : O.
Maria Gstättner, composer from Styria, spreads out a less lethal, but not less actual topic in her chamber opera: the self authorization of a woman who leaves overcome role models behind her.
In her five micro atcs “Mirror Universe” Belma Bešlić-Gál from Bosnia looks from the future on our world, which seems to reflect everything: women care about male quotas, the right of men to vote, containment of the trafficking in men and so on …