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Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls)

1 March 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hopkins Center for the Arts

Ancient epic of Central Asian women warriors told through live music, poetry and contemporary film.


Across the steppes of Central Asia, modern bards still sing the tale of Gulayim, the teenage girl who fought off Eastern invaders with the help of her qyrq qyz, or 40 girl warriors. Accompanied by Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova’s mesmerizing projected images and composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky’s evocative score, seven virtuosic young female bards play instruments and sing a rare and ancient matriarchal narrative of powerful women.

English subtitles

Post-performance discussion with the artists

Co-presented with the Aga Khan Music Initiative.

Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts and by the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS.

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Pre-Show Talk: Central Asian Amazons
Thu, March 1, 6 pm, Top of the Hop, Free
Director Saodat Ismailova speaks with music professor Ted Levin about Qyrq Qyz and her epic journey to bring the Central Asian steppes to the screen and stage.

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