GENOCIDE AND IMPROVISATION
Listener and Teller

photos: calnen | jamie kronick


UPCOMING CANADIAN DATES:
HALIFAX (Sept 16 – Launch)
ST. JOHN’S (Nov 12)
GUELPH (Nov 14)
REGINA (Nov 23)
MONTREAL (Feb 19)
OTTAWA (Mar 15)
VANCOUVER (April 6 or 7)
…MORE CANADIAN & INTERNATIONAL DATES TBA

An intergenerational, interdisciplinary performance-talk, created and performed by son-mother duo, Daniel and Irene Oore, creatively and critically examining trauma, its transmission, and its transcendence.

Through improvisation they explore vulnerability and risk within these stories. Genocide and Improvisation: Listener and Teller is a conversation, within and across generations, cultures, languages, and disciplines, exploring memory and transcendence.

This event begins from an exploration of elements in Irene’s book “The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust,” (U of Regina Press, September 2019), from which she and her son Dani will also read and on which they will reflect. Dani will perform music, improvisations, original compositions, soundscapes, and more. 

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION
An intergenerational, interdisciplinary performance-talk, created and performed by son-mother duo, Drs. Daniel and Irene Oore, critically examining trauma, its transmission, and its creative transcendence.

The event integrates live music (winds, keyboard, electronics, and voice), soundscapes (using recent and archival recordings), words (spoken live or pre-recorded, by four generations of a post-holocaust family), projected images (original paintings, personal archival documents such as video testimony and false Christian and Nazi-issued identification papers), and physical drama (exploring the ways in which one had to hide their Jewishness —and pass as Aryan— during the Holocaust). These elements are related to Irene Oore’s forthcoming book “The Listener: In the Shadow of the Holocaust,” (U of Regina Press, September 2019), from which she and her son Dani will also read and on which they will reflect. Dani, will be performing the music, improvisations, original compositions, soundscapes, and dramatic-theatrical elements.

“The Listener” is a book telling the Holocaust stories that Irene’s mother “gifted” her about life as a Jew in Nazi-occupied Poland. It documents Irene’s wrestling with aspects of transmission —and ultimately creative transcendence— of this traumatic gift. Dani and his siblings seek creative and vulnerable paths that acknowledge and transcend the trauma.

“Genocide and Improvisation” reflects the juxtaposition of certain death and uncertain survival, of order and chaos, of despair and hope. Through improvisation we explore vulnerability and risk within these stories. Improvisation calls each one of us to participate, not as a spectator, but as a witness.

Genocide and Improvisation: Listener and Teller is a conversation: between mother, child, grandchild, great-grandchild, and siblings; and between descendants of different players in the historical narrative, reflecting on their shared past, and on their common present and future. These are conversations within and across generations, cultures, languages, and disciplines, exploring memory and transcendence. Dani and Irene wish to engage the voices of their audience in these conversations.