Saturday, 22 Feb 2014
Drawing Life at JBW
‘We are thrilled to have secured funding from the Arts Council and PRSF as well as significant private donations towards JMI’s ‘Drawing Life‘ project, for a new commission inspired by the poems and drawings from the book ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly‘ of the child inmates held in Terezin by the Nazis. Our project has also been awarded the PRSF’s prestigious David Bedford Music Education Award. It is very inspiring that the Jewish Music Institute’s artistic and educational vision has been recognised in this way. We are excited to be working with a brilliant creative team including composer Jocelyn Pook, dramaturg Emma Bernard and visual artist Dragan Aleksic and world-renowned artists to create a paradigm-shifting cross-disciplinary performance that will challenge both artists and audience to experience the act of remembrance in a new way. Enabling young audiences to learn and understand more about the holocaust is central to this and we will be creating a powerful educational programme that brings to life the story of Terezin concentration camp through music. Please check back soon for more details of a special preview performance and children’s workshops’. Sophie Solomon, Artistic Director, JMI
|‘When asked to make a piece inspired by the poems and drawings of Terezin’s children, I accepted without hesitation. I had seen some of these works in the Jewish Museum in Prague several years ago, and it had a profound effect on me. What shines through in these works, and also in many survivors’ testimonies, is the capacity in people to find hope and beauty in the direst and bleakest of circumstances and the inventive, creative ways of doing this. I was also touched to read of countless individual acts of kindness and bravery from all sides. This piece will, I hope, be reflective without being devoid of light. It is about the human ability to find ways to nourish the spirit even in the harshest conditions. It is about the positive impact of creativity against all the odds’. Jocelyn Pook.The first preview of Drawing Life will take place at Jewish Book Week on 22nd Feb 2014.|
JMI gratefully acknowledges the support of the PRS for Music Foundation and the Arts Council England.
Awarded the David Bedford Music Education Award 2013 .
Photo of Jocelyn Pook credited to Hugo Glendinning
London Evening Standard’s Critics Choice 2014