DESERT FLOWER - The Musical
The musical “Desert Flower” will be one of the most musically and narratively exhilarating works in the history of the musical when this adaptation of the world famous bestseller opens in 2020. The autobiographical book “Desert Flower”, published in New York in 1997, became an international bestseller with more than 50 licensed editions. To date, more than 11 million copies have been sold worldwide. The extraordinary but true “Cinderella” story of the “desert flower” Waris Dirie begins in Africa: The daughter of desert nomads, at 13 she manages to escape a forced marriage and, at the risk of her life, flees across the Somali desert. She arrives in the fast-paced Western world in London. There, as a young woman, she battles against the odds to become queen of the world’s catwalks and one of the first supermodels. To this day, as a human rights activist, she draws on her own experiences to campaign for the rescue and protection of young girls from the barbaric ritual of female genital mutilation. The musical tells the story of the struggle for survival of women who are oppressed in a patriarchal society – still a subject of burning relevance in today‘s world.
The score from the pen of Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen drives the heroine‘s physical and emotional journey from the African desert to the London and New York of the 1980s, and back to Somalia. The epic, sweeping melodies give full expression to Waris Diries‘ unbridled energy, her sufferings, her resilience, her charisma and her beauty.
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Waris Diries Kampagne #ENDFGM: https://www.desertflowerfoundation.org/endfgm/index.php