But When We Started Singing: Inspired by the Life and Works of Primo Levi

Sunday, March 18, 2012

But When We Started Singing: Inspired by the Life and Works of Primo Levi
Sunday, March 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

A performance inspired by the life and works of Primo Levi, conceived and performed by Bob Spiotto, Artistic Director, Community Arts Program at Hofstra University. Musical accompaniment and original composition by Herb Brandensten.
But When We Started Singing is comprised of literary excerpts, inspiring music, imagery, interviews and poetry. This unique theatrical collage pays tribute to a man who became the conscience of a nation and an icon of the international human rights movement.

By reservation only. Please RSVP 718-281-5770
No one will be admitted without a reservation.

On February 14, 1944, Primo Levi, a young Italian chemist, was taken to the Auschwitz death camp and became known as 174517. His work, Survival in Auschwitz, is a searing rendition of his struggle for survival.

"Nothing belongs to us anymore. They have taken away our clothes, our shoes, even our hair. We are more than stripped bare – we are naked as worms. If we speak, they will not listen and if they listen they will not understand."

This work is comprised of literary excerpts, inspiring music and imagery, interviews and poetry in both Italian and English.

Robert Spiotto conceived, directed and performs in this project. Herb Bradenton provided the original compositions and the musical accompaniment.

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