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As part of L.A. Opera’s Eurydice Found Festival, scholar Nadia Islam and writer Velina Hasu Houston present “The Body Female,” with four interdisciplinary performances that examine “how women navigate societal impediments from body image to domestic violence that challenge the female condition in its endeavor to create a viable space in which women can thrive.” Works include Reveal by Nao Bustamante (pictured), a “filmformance” depicting a dying woman’s search for identity, and Invisible, an opera by composer Guang Yang and librettist Paula Cizmar about an art restorer who makes a troubling discovery in a museum exhibit. There’s also Houston’s “choreo-poem drama” Pára-Sol, which centers around the death of a mysterious parasol maker, and director Bita Shafipour’s short film Last Night in Edinburgh, focusing on two teenager sisters’ attempts to avoid forced marriages arranged by their parents.

The Ebell of L.A., 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Thurs., Jan. 16, 8 p.m.; $20. (323) 931-1277, ebellofla.com/event/the-body-female

Last Night in Edinburgh (Courtesy of Bita Shafipour/LNE Films)

 

 

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