What Do the Women Say? 2016

with Taraneh Hemami, Nabila Mango, Sharlyn Sawyer, Betty Shamieh, and Torange Yeghiazarian

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8pm
at La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley)
$12 in advance | $15 at the door

Join us in celebrating pioneering Bay Area women artists who have built community through their art. Golden Thread founding artistic director Torange Yeghiazarian will be in conversation with visual artist and curator Taraneh Hemami, founder of Zawaya executive director Nabila Mango, award-winning playwright Betty Shamieh, and founding artistic director of Ballet Afsaneh Sharlyn Sawyer. Each artist will present a showcase of their work.

Presentations include a reading from Shamieh’s newest play The Strangest by Golden Thread favorite Nora el Samahy, and a 30-minute concert by Aswat Women’s Ensemble featuring songs from queens of Arabic music Asmahan, Fairouz, Shadia, and Dalida. Timeless classics selected span 1940s to 1980s, and include beloved gems like Sayed Darwish’s “Zuruni” and “El Helwa Di.”

Swan DayWhat Do the Women Say? is a SWAN Day event
and is sponsored by WomenArts.

Each year, Golden Thread Productions celebrates International Women’s Day by showcasing the work of leading Middle Eastern women artists. Previous programs have focused on activism by women artists, artists who explore sex and sexuality, and female solo performers. Previous featured artists include Elmaz Abinader (This House, My Bones), Majeda Al Saqqa (Culture and Free Thought Association, Gaza Strip), Anita Amirrezvani (The Blood of Flowers, Equal to the Sun), Nawal el Saadawi (Memoirs from the Women’s Prison), Denmo Ibrahim (Baba, ECSTASY | a waterfable), Maryam Keshavarz (Circumstance), Rohiha Malek (Unveiled), Ayesha Mattau (Love Inshallah), Zahra Noorbakhsh (All Atheists are Muslim, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim), Shahrnush Parsipur (The Prison Memoirs, Women Without Men), Deema Shehabi (Thirteen Departures From the Moon), Seema Sueko (Remains), and Rosemary Toohey (The Body Washer).

Artists Biographies

The Aswat Women's Ensemble
Taraneh Hamami
(Visual Artist and Curator) About
Nabila Mango
(Founder, Zawaya) About
Sharlyn Sawyer
(Founding Artistic Director, Ballet Afsaneh) About
Betty Shamieh
(Playwright) About
Torange Yeghiazarian
(Founding Artistic Director, Golden Thread Productions) About

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