The project / the REKVIEM journey
Rekviem is a stage production, educational initiatives, artistic invitations, an artistic movement against hatred, a documentary and a feature film.
Scheduled for the Bayerische Staatsoper Festival, Rekviem was born from a profound desire to communicate to the world an awareness of the power inherent in music to transcend situations bereft of hope.
In 1943, a handful of men and women musicians in Terezín used Verdi’s Requiem to kindle the flames of an extraordinary act of resistance to horror, enlightening us on how to transcend, federate, resist, soothe and heal the scourges of the Old World through art and music.
Today, as our world experiences great suffering, there is an upsurge in the fear of going without, the fear of others, ghettoisation — even negationism —which once again blocks out the lights of peace, causing inner panic.
Consequently, our mission as artists is crucial, more so than ever before.
Rekviem is the power to say no, to stand up and be counted, as human beings. Quite simply, the power to carry on embodying humanity even in places where attempts are being made to deny its very existence, to exterminate it.
From a musical work that expresses the inexpressible to an artistic movement against hatred #WeAreRekviem.
The project has the support of committed public figures, who include Robert Badinter, HSH the Prince Albert of Monaco, France's Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, soprano & actress Natalie Dessay, Terezín survivor Michael Gruenbaum, The Chief Rabbi of France Haïm Korsia, Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein (Violins of Hope), former Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand, Defender of Rights Jacques Toubon and lawyer Jean Veil, the son of Simone Veil.
An adaptation of Verdi's Requiem for 16 singers, 13 musicians, an actor and a Violin of Hope, directed by Carmelo Agnello. The performance lasts approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.
While waiting for the reopening of theaters and emblematic places, strong educational and societal initiatives are taking shape in France and abroad as from September 2021. A Rekviem journey to initiate a reflection on respect for diversity and differences and to invite transdisciplinary creation and initiative proposals.
More than reacting, it is urgent to act in the direction of all audiences for the acceptance of difference and living together.
The Terezín Requiem
Workshop in the Amphitheatre, Paris Opera-Bastille
Educational and social initiatives
Rekviem stage production