In a wild concoction, composer-performer Fred Ho brings together magic, martial arts, myth and revolutionary history in his new fantasy work Warrior Sisters: The New Adventures of African and Asian Womyn Warriors. The world premiere is being presented at New York's The Kitchen Nov. 28-Dec. 2.
In this fusion of Chinese opera, West African folklore, and political ideology, we follow three "sheroic" women. In Warrior Sisters, Fa Mu Lan (the 1000 year old Chinese avenger), Nana Yaa Asantewa (an Ashante queen), and Sieh King King (the Chinese American reformer) unite to rescue their sister-comrade Assata Shakur (modern-day African-American revolutionary).
The concept and music for this work are provided by Ho and the book and libretto by Ann T. Greene. Mira Kingsley directs the production that features The Afro Asian Music Ensemble with singers.
For tickets call The Kitchen box office, 512 West 19th Street (between 10th and 11th Ave.), at (212) 255-5793 ext. 11. For more info, visit the Kitchen's website at www.thekitchen.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez