Singing Swallows by Romi Kupfer
“A storyteller can attempt to tell the human tale, can remind us that the swallows still sing around the smokestacks.” – Jane Yolen.
A beautiful and symbolic representation of a storytelling experience that cannot be replicated. An early start to understanding the Holocaust, connecting to young peoples lives through voice recording and visual storytelling.
Singing Swallows is a physical theatre performance telling stories from four Holocaust survivors. The audience experiences all sound through individual headphones, which they are given at the beginning of the performance. Through these headphones, each Holocaust story is shared by the voice of a young person, as the survivors the stories are based on were of young age during the Holocaust. In between the verbal storytelling, the performers on stage activate the recyclable set, bringing to life the personal experiences heard through the headphones.
Singing Swallows will have audio description and open captions.
“I have felt there is a void to sharing these days with younger children, in terms of
availing age appropriate, emotionally sensitive material... Romi and her team were
able to help us fill that void this year.”
Rivka Measey | Leibler Yavneh College Primary Coordinator of Informal Jewish Education
Created by: Romi Kupfer
Producer: Romi Kupfer
Assistant Producer: Talia Meyerowitz-Katz
Performers: Romi Kupfer, Sol Feldman, Flora Feldman
Sound Designer: Justin Gardam
Lighting Designer: John Collopy
Original performer and education consultant: Tammy Cohen
Voiced by: Raymond Kupfer, Zac Maidenberg, Jasmine Filer, Ellie Goldenberg, Noah Goldenberg
Supported by: Gandel Philanthropy, Besen Family Foundation, Australian Cultural Fund, Auspicious Arts Projects
DURATION: 35 min
WARNINGS + SUITABILITY: 9+
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