This work presents moral and ethical arguments exploring the role in today’s society of memory & memorial with particular reference to the Holocaust & memorialisation. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes a case to support education as a holistic and basic human need. The work of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) as an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally is important but not sufficient as one of the key challenges is to secure wider and deeper cultural (and not just elite) interest in the underlying issues from the bottom-up, with and through an engaged civil and cultural society:1.Use music and testimony as a means to examine human memory and healing of trauma2.Explore collaborative ways that unite spectator, performer and testimonial holder of sharing historical biographical stories3.Develop strategies for utilising the arts as a mode of engaging with historical and biographical truthsThe artistic team pursue the performances as an active living memorial event, aiming to develop new strategies for viewing of and participating in Holocaust Memorial days/events, seeking to embed the action of memorial activities continuously throughout the year rather than focusing on one particular flagship day in the year only. Enabling a constant dialogue to emerge whilst also supporting designated dates such as 27th January memorialising the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau was one of the intended outcomes. This includes examining the value of presenting and extending academic papers into a culturally interested public sphere at accessible venues. This body of work took place internationally 2016 May throught to 2017 January and June and in one UNESCO world heritage site. The reach extended to over 1,000 members of the public and the work in Durham Cathedral Verdi at Terezin is planned to return by invitation in 2020. A short independent film was commissioned on the event Verdi at Terezin and Mass Appeal will be performed in Washington DC in March 2018 with a USA director.
|Published - 3 May 2016