‘Aesthetically intelligent and culturally engaged...Silk Moth was the most significant debut overheard... a necessarily intense musical and dramatic experience...a well-wrought piece of composition, powerfully performed... an emotional, powerful work... immersive and intense.’
Composer Bushra El Turk
Librettist Eleanor Knight
Conductor and Musical Director Toby Purser
Director Michael Moxham
Co-Director and Movement Maria Koripas
Designer Giulia Scrimieri
Soprano Enas Massalha
Every year an estimated 5000 women worldwide are murdered by their own families in so-called honour killings, 12 of them in the UK.
'Silkmoth' places onstage a mother. We are her guests at home. This one-woman opera raises powerful questions: what is her role in this horrific 'tradition'? Is she a victim, submissive, or coldly complicit? But she conveys that, from the moment a daughter is born, she represents shame, dishonour and sexual provocation, all of which have to be washed away into non-existence. The raw energy of the ensemble is scattered around the space, engulfing the audience and the mother, to experience this audiovisual landscape that leads to its shocking cultural conclusion.