Aug-5 to Aug-13 Sydney: Out of the Shadows

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Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre.

Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish music and theatre is the fourth of five international performance festivals, sponsored by “Performing the Jewish Archive”, a British Arts & Humanities Research Council project. The Festival brings new life to rediscovered music and theatrical works by Jewish refugee artists. Sydney performances will take place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Seymour Centre, featuring some of Australia’s best musicians including the Goldner String Quartet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, VOX Choir, Sydney Children’s Choir and others.

Artistic Curator for the Festival, Dr Joseph Toltz says that “even during the catastrophes of the 20th century, during the darkest moments of oppression, people sought solace or distraction in culture. In the aftermath of war and genocide, refugees who sought safe haven were accompanied by cultural expressions of exile, diaspora and flight. As lives were rebuilt in new lands, these cultural objects were stored in archives, hidden in attics, or bequeathed to family members. Many of these objects lay forgotten, waiting to reawaken in performance. Our festival focuses on objects created by Jewish artists in these circumstances.


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