“With an artistic compulsion to give voice to marginalised voices through narrative forms and ways of making music through the blurring of notation and improvisation and through the blurring of western and eastern idioms, I was really hungry to see what would happen if my musical languages would explore into the other artforms through the vessels of multimedia music and theatre productions. This project is worth your support because you will be giving voice to the many women that this opera represents.”
Bushra El-Turk, Composer
“I have always been fascinated by death and the perspective it gives to our lives but here, now, facing real people facing death, I hope to stare into this dark abyss and feel at ease in a way that celebrates our existence.”
Hofesh Shechter, Co-director and Choreographer
"It is an extraordinary project, in many aspects. The characteristic of this project is to integrate education and community work within the artistic process. It is completely organically integrated and that is part of the future of opera. In many aspects, Going For Gold is an avant-garde project about how to integrate cultural rights in the process of making opera."
Bernard Foccroulle, Chair of the FEDORA Education Prize Jury
Laila is an interactive opera experience created by composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, dramaturge Paula Vesala and Ekho Collective. The work makes bold use of new technologies while extending reality into a mesmerizing and collaborative experience.