My name is
Bijgewerkt: 31 dec 2019
Wandering through a big city a woman searches for her lover, a refugee. A letter places her on the trail of a disappeared Jewish girl from WOII...
“Moving, impressive, intimate music, beautiful images..” Audience at the Operadagen Rotterdam
MY NAME IS ... the story of a contemporary refugee and a hidden Jewish girl from WWII on their journey to freedom. Inspired by the last paintings of artist couple Else Berg and Mommie Schwarz, with music by composer/pianist Dimitar Bodurov. My Name Is played a.o. at Theater na de Dam, Verhalenhuis Belvedere and Operadagen Rotterdam.
MY NAME IS ... tells a story of all times, of people fleeing their homes and seeking refuge in other countries. With stories from the past and the present from Jewish and Syrian cultures.
The conspiracy of silence
One of the incentives for making this production was, and still is the lack of historical awareness and the looking away in the current refugee problem; the conspiracy of silence. A term also used for the silence that Jewish children encountered after the war.
The difficulty for refugees to ground in a new culture, the displacement and the violence they have experienced, is a major theme of the performance. In the two interwoven storylines of a hiding Jewish girl and a Syrian refugee, topics like "racism" and "discrimination against" are made personal and relatable, hopefully contributing to greater understanding and historical awareness.
Judith Scholte – libretto, vocals, play
Dimitar Bodurov – composition, piano, electronics
Bader Atem – as himself
Huub Laurens – video projection
Ruurt De Maesschalck – direction