In June 2009, I, together with my father, my four children and niece, travelled to Poland, the Czech Republic and Munich to retrace my parents’ past. I saw this trip back to ‘our roots’ not only as a personal, historical and educational event, but also as an opportunity to create an artistic interpretation of our experience.
The video installation, Dancing Auschwitz stemmed from my desire to create artwork that conveys a new response to historical memory. I consider this to be a necessary moral lesson, which might otherwise be neglected or forgotten.
The project Dancing Auschwitz comprises three video pieces: a contemporary dance, old family footage, and a documentary. The contemporary dance and documentary video were filmed during our family trip while the old video footage is from a family home movie from my childhood.
By creating a new response incorporating dance, the generations and memory, I have endeavoured to capture the poignancy of the past, the uncertainty of the present, and a hope for a more tolerant future.
Part 1 (The New Dance)
Part 2 (Old Footage)
Part 3 (The Doco)
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