Echo Eternal Sneak Preview

On Tuesday May 8th, we got a sneak preview of our echo film, recording the journey our students travelled with artist in residence, Johnny Autin, to create a truly spell-binding performance inspired by the story of Holocaust survivor Maurice Blik. Maurice’s story is one of 12 very special survivor testimonies gifted to the Echo Eternal project, recorded by Natasha Kaplinsky as part of a national drive to ensure the UK has a permanent record of survivor’s experiences before it is too late.

During the project, we were privileged to work with Johnny Autin, professional dance artist, to develop their ideas into a captivating piece of dance theatre that poignantly illustrated the trauma, suffering and hope that lie at the heart of Maurice’s story, powerfully captured in his message “They didn’t get all of us!”.  The project enabled our students to explore the events of the Holocaust and the wider lessons for society,  making powerful connections to their own lives and their ability to bring about positive change.  The residency culminated in an exceptional performance at the Birmingham Rep on March 28th 2018.

We were delighted that our film-maker Paul Davies, from VYKA, joined us for the special preview  of this film to talk with the students about the film-making process. Everyone agreed that he had done an amazing job of capturing the performance itself and the learning journey that our students had travelled through the project.

The Echo, “They didn’t get all of us!”, will be officially released on Monday 14th May 2018 we are really looking forward to being able to share it with the world.

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