The work was inspired by personal testimonials, memories, and a rich and multifaceted world of sound. Its creators ask: What does it mean to look into the face of “the other” and confront ourselves, and to look directly into the face of our own humanity? The music and songs featured in this project are a way to help us find commonality, discover shared bonds among painful stories, and build a new relationship with a controversial history. “In Kaunas Kantata we hear a multitude of voices. We listen to songs in different tongues and in different spaces. We experience moments of harmony and dissonance, cacophony and silence. And those moments when sound becomes one”, says composer Philip Miller. His music currently accompanies William Kentridge’s exhibition “That Which We Do Not Remember” in Kaunas.
The works spoken are from these witnesses and their testimonials:
Henny Fletcher Aronson, Galinis, Antanina Garmutė, Dalia Grinkevičiūtė, Siegfried Gronau, Natalija Gudonytė, Norbutus Jokubauskas, Pranas Jurkus, Margaret Kagan, Nijolė Lelkaitė Dov Levin, Rytė Merkytė, Jekaterina Minkevičienė, Juozas Mozūraitis, Tybie Orlin, Sulamif Shreyber Zhabinskaya, Myra Sklarew, Marytė Tiesnienė, Irena Veisaitė, Thomas Venclova, Aldona Žeibien.
Kaunas Kantata will be a walking experience, but for people with mobility problems seating possibilities will be provided. The duration of the work is 1 hour.
Venue of the event: Žalgiris Arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50
IMPORTANT. Paid event. You can buy tickets here.
Organizers: Kaunas 2022
Illiustration: © Jenny Kagan