Flying Arrow Productions is launching the Canadian branch of The AB Project, a theatrical undertaking led by world-renowned theatrical director David Glass.
Glass will travel to Revelstoke this spring to work with Flying Arrow Productions for the launch of this project, which he is leading in 10 countries, on April 8 – 9.
“On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik, a known far right terrorist, detonated a bomb in the government complex in Oslo and then proceeded to the Island of Utoya and shot dead 69 participants of a Workers Youth League summer camp,” says a statement on the David Glass Ensemble website. “It was to become the biggest homeland terrorist attacks in Europe in recent times.
“Using this as a starting point, The AB Project will be an extraordinary three-year International Youth Arts Participation Project developing through a series of seminars, workshops and devising processes. These will culminate in an International Youth Production loosely based on the book One Of Us by Åsne Seierstad; a journalistic account and reflection of the events that led to the act of terrorism from a multitude of perspectives. The AB Project explores this real life tragedy as a source for positive expression and renewal. Even though the 69 young voices have passed, their memories and stories will live on through arts engagement, creative discourse, renewal and ultimately, celebration.”
A statement from Flying Arrow Productions says it has been invited to lead the Canadian contingent for the AB Project, which will allow youth performers and Canadian facilitators to collaborate with an international team concurrently on the same project. “The Canadian team will devise their own piece of theatre on how the themes of the AB project resonate with them,” the statement said. “They will have opportunities to connect with the youth participants in the participating countries to allow for an international dialogue on themes important to and relevant to them, as well as learn artistic strategies that may otherwise have not have been offered to them as performers.”
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