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Primo Levi and Vasily Grossman: A Dialogue Between Witnesses

Data:

09/11/2019


Primo Levi and Vasily Grossman:  A Dialogue Between Witnesses

A theatrical reading with live music
for Holocaust Education Week 2019

Featuring:

Actor Michael Miranda and Cantor Charles Osborne
Robbie Grunwald, piano | Drew Jurecka, violin, clarinet

Saturday November 9, 2019, 8pm
Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave.
Tickets                              https://www.ashkenaz.ca    

“Why remember? It is the writer’s duty to tell the terrible truth, and it is a reader’s civic duty to learn this truth. Those who would turn their backs or close their eyes or pass over this truth offend the memory of the fallen.” —Vasily Grossman, 1944

For the last number of years, Ashkenaz Foundation has presented a series of events as part of Toronto’s Holocaust Education Week, spotlighting stories and sounds of pre-WWII European Jewry. These previous presentations, of the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, Muzsikás and Semer Ensemble, featured music and tales from Poland, Hungary and Germany, respectively. For its fourth such presentation, A Dialogue Between Witnesses, Ashkenaz turns its focus to the seminal writings of Italian and Ukrainian eyewitnesses to the horror of the Holocaust.

Though they never met or read each other’s work, Italy’s Primo Levi (1919-1987) and Ukraine’s Vasily Grossman (1905-1964) share the distinction of having written pivotal eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust, describing in granular detail the very texture of life and death at Auschwitz and Treblinka, respectively. A Dialogue Between Witnesses features powerful theatrical readings of these two iconic Jewish writers’ texts, with poignant musical underscoring and interludes of original and traditional klezmer music. In a world soon to be without living survivors of the Holocaust, our success in perpetuating the memory of the Shoah will depend greatly on eyewitness testimonies, particularly when rendered in creative and artistic ways. In the evocative interpretations of actor Michael Miranda and Cantor Charles Osborne, and musicians Robbie Grunwald and Drew Jurecka, the drama and painful truth of this dark chapter in human history comes alive in an unforgettably moving performance, compelling contemporary and future audiences to learn, and to never forget.

Presented by the Ashkenaz Foundation, in association with Temple Sinai
Sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in honour of Primo Levi’s centenary.

A Dialogue Between Witnesses was originally created as a joint project of the Turin-based International Primo Levi Studies Center and Study Center Vasilij Grossman, with texts selected by authors and literary critics Domenico Scarpa and Marco Sisto. It was presented for the first time in North America in January 2019 at Toronto’s Alliance Francaise, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto.

Watch video excerpts from the January 2019 North American premiere performance: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5khdkabknbjetz/Levi%20Grossman%20Holocaust%20Video.mov?dl=0

Informazioni

Data: Sab 9 Nov 2019

Orario: Alle 20:00

Organizzato da : Ashkenaz Foundation

In collaborazione con : Temple Sinai Sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto

Ingresso : A pagamento


Luogo:

Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Ave.

Autore:

Michael Miranda

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