I am very excited be the producer of Women: The War Within, a new dance-theatre opera with direction and musical staging by Paul Warner, and a team of renowned artists – including internationally-performed composer and musician Du Yun, Obie Award-winning librettist Matthew Maguire, internationally acclaimed choreographer Stephen Petronio, New York City Ballet’s premiere ballerina Wendy Whelan (Cleopatra), Obie Award-winning actress Ching Valdes-Aran (Aung San Suu Kyi), Drama Desk Award Nominee Jennifer Lim (Empress Wang), Obie Award-winning performer and director Winsome Brown (Hillary Clinton), the talented American mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (Cleopatra) and one of the leading performers of the Kunju style of Chinese opera Qian Yi (Wu Zeitan).
In this new multi-disciplinary work directed by Paul Warner that explores the rise of female consciousness in the pursuit of power, four of the most powerful women in history meet: Empress Wu, the only female Empress of China, Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist of Burma, and Hillary Clinton, American stateswoman. The ancient ones are haunted by the murders and seductions by which they forged their path to power. Encountering their warlike ancestors in a parallel universe, how will Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton confront the war within? How does power transform us?