La Captive is the haunting portrait of a single immigrant mother who fights for a decent life for her and her child. Faced with the barriers of bureaucracy, prejudices, and inner despair she searches the depths of her soul for the strength to continue. As much a musical journey as an emotional one, this program draws from a wide range of musical sources – from Schubert, Mahler, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, to Piazzolla, as well as works by contemporary composers Zaid Jabri, Salim Dada, Kareem Roustom and Nabil Benabdeljalil. In partnership with Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen, a number of refugees will also relate their personal experiences.
La Captive marked the second collaboration between mezzo-contralto Sarah Laulan and David Ramael, with BOHO Players. La Captive also highlighted BOHO Players’ residency at M HKA. The concert used images and video fragments from M HKA’s exhibit ‘Democratic Luxury’, which featured the work of Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. The exhibit ran from 15 October 2015 until 31 January 2016.