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Brundibar: A Children’s Opera (Streamed Video Presentation)
January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Halifax Theatre for Young People has a special digital program, delivered online over streamed video, commemorating this tragic event. “Brundibár” is a half-hour opera (performed in English), about children embracing the power of music and friendship. “Brundibár” originally received its premiere in German-occupied Prague at the Jewish Orphanage before the mass deportations of Czech Jews to Theresienstadt concentration camp began in 1942. There, composer Hans Krása reconstructed the music for the available instruments from a smuggled-in copy of the score, and it was performed 55 times in the camp – a source of hope and resistance to the prisoners – until the children, the composer, director and musicians were sent to Auschwitz following the final performance.
Despite the background of its creation, the opera itself is light-hearted and provides an excellent opportunity to introduce children and youth of all ages to the topic of the Holocaust and racial discrimination, and the need to work together to defeat oppression. The opera tells the story of children who sing in the marketplace to raise money for their sick mother, but are chased away by the organ player, Brundibár. With the help of animal and bird friends, as well as other children, they defeat Brundibár and continue to sing. All watching understood that Brundibár represented Hitler and were uplifted, even momentarily, by the fact that good could triumph over evil.
Directed by Tessa Mendel and conducted by Eszter Horvath with a cast of young performers from across HRM and an orchestra of local musicians including Scott Macmillan and members of Symphony Nova Scotia, this production played at the Sir James Dunn Theatre at Dalhousie University in May of 2019. The digital program is a broadcast of the production, with subtitles, with an introduction by the director, who explains the context of the performance, and a short segment where the performers talk about what performing the show meant to them. All told, the video lasts about 45 minutes. We will also provide a study guide, with more detailed information about the show, the performers, and the context of the work.
This program is aimed at students in grades 3-8, and can be booked for any date and time that suits your school’s curriculum.
This program is booked through the PERFORM! program (http://performns.ca).
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Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present
For grades 3-6 / 7-9
Touring Spring 2021
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Created by Mi’kmaq artists (including film-maker Catherine Martin, storyteller shalan joudry, and performer/film-maker Trevor Gould), with design by artist Jordan Bennett, Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present weaves stories from the past with glimpses into current realities and dreams for the future.
Directed by Tessa Mendel with Trevor Gould, this blend of Indigenous voices and stories will be a truly unique experience for young audiences.
Stay tuned for show times.
Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present relates to the following Curriculum Outcomes:
– Investigate the role of culture in Mi’kmaq communities and the impact of cross-cultural understanding
– Comprehend and respond personally and critically to culturally diverse texts.
– Reflect on issues surrounding human rights, social justice and equity.
– Listen and interact purposefully and respectfully
– Interpret, respond and reflect on thoughts, ideas, and emotions through multiple media formats.
Additionally for Grades 7-9
– Develop an understanding of culture, diversity, and world view, recognizing the similarities and differences reflected in various personal, cultural, racial and ethnic perspectives.
– Develop an understanding of the interdependent relationship among individuals, societies, and the environment and the implications for a sustainable future.
– Develop an understanding of the past and how it affects the present and the future.
– Develop an understanding of Mi’kmaw values and culture.
In order to create the fullest experience possible for your students, we offer participation packages, which will be sent electronically to each teacher bringing students to the performance.
These participation packages include guidelines for attending theatre, which will help your students know what is expected of them. They also include discussion points to introduce the play to students before attending the performance, and to explore the themes in the play with students after they see it. Suggested activities include both visual art explorations and exercises using forms of drama.
Performances will be followed by talk-back sessions with the actors and members of the design team, which will allow students to explore questions about the play and about theatre that interest them.
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