Performance "East West Street: A Song of Good & Evil" in Vienna

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December 7, 2019 / 8.00 pm

MuTh - Concert Hall of Vienna Boys’ Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben), Am Augartenspitz 1, Vienna, Austria

East-West Street explores the origins of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ and the path to justice. The Ratline, the book’s sequel, is to be published in April 2020.

The performance focuses on the lives and ideas of three individuals from the trials: academic Hersch Lauterpacht, prosecutor Raphael Lemkin and Hitler’s lawyer Hans Frank, and the music that connected men on opposite sides of the courtroom.

Following a world tour, East-West Street: A Song of Good & Evil receives its Austrian premiere, narrated by award-winning German actress Katja Riemann and Philippe Sands, and directed by Nina Brazier. Leading bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and renowned jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy perform music including Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen.

In November 2017, an art performance "East West Street: A Song of Good & Evil" was performed in Lviv as a part of the program "Placeless/Placeness: Ideas of Rights and Justice in Eastern Europe" organized by the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in partnership with the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals (University College London). With special participation of Emmanuel Ax, a world known pianist and seven-time Grammy winner. Mr Ax joined the performance only once, returning to the city where he was born and began musical education.

Director: Nina Brazier

Screenplay: Philippe Sands

Writer & narrator: Philippe Sands

Narrator: Katja Riemann

Bass Baritone: Laurent Naouri

Piano: Guillaume de Chassy

The performance in Vienna is part of the conference Between Kyiv and Vienna: Histories of People, Ideas, and Objects in Circulation and Motion which takes place at the IWM from December 4 to 7, 2019.


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