Shooka Afshar composed The Manipulation Project, based on her life experiences, and therefore the repetition of some trends. She then became interested in the human psyche and how a human being is drawn to a manipulative situation or person, how it influences her/his life, and then how that person gets out of that situation. She believes every human being deals with it, on some level or another. But it's our choices, that creates our response to those situations.
First, Shooka wrote the skeleton of the project in April 2022. After then, she invited 7 other artists, dancers and musicians, to do an Artist in Residency in the Biella Province, near Milano, Italia, for the whole month of July 2022.
Shooka and her team, created a graphic score / improvised dramatic performance, which received great feedback from several acclaimed artist in Italy.
The Manipulation Project received positive review in a few magazines and newspapers in Biella.
Shooka Afshar wrote this opera, based on her life story, and about all the women in the world who go through hardship of immigration, in order to build a better life.
Matt Savage, Piano and Arrangment
This Opera was born at the heart of the Pandemic 2020. Therefore all the recordings of this Opera has been done only by one singer, and a piano.
In 2023 Shooka and the Safarani Sisters again performed this Opera at the Museum of Fine Arts. This time, with the limited budget of post pandemic, they were able to bring a new beautiful creativity to this project.
Shooka Afshar is hoping to receive funds from donators and organizations who support women's rights and artists like herself, in order to perform her Opera, with full cast and full production.
This Opera was premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA on March 18th 2021 Online.
ACT I of this Opera, portrays the labels the society and the families put on people, right from childhood. (Everywhere in the world is affected by these labels. It is universal)
ACT II of this Opera, is portraying the process of immigration to a modern country, with the expectation of not seeing discrimination anymore ... Yet, the results tell a different tale...
ACT III is calling out to women in the world, to have each other's backs and empower one another. For the only way of healing these wounds, starts within ourselves and through kindness.
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