Brundibár – About the Organization

-Activities and Purpose

Project activities will include the following interdependent components:

  • Creation and implementation of an Educational Summer Theatre Arts Program featuring an interpretation of the children’s opera Brundibár
  • Production and distribution of a Documentary Feature Film based on the Summer Theatre Arts Program
  • Creation and maintenance of an Interactive Educational Website featuring the activities of the Educational Summer Theatre Arts Program and Documentary Feature Film

-Project Founders

  • Michael McDevitt
  • Liron Unreich
  • Zafrir Kochanovsky

Brundibár – Needs and Point of Difference

With all due respect to the efforts and accomplishments of previous and ongoing “stand alone” programs that address Shoah education and the Jewish experience — including Brundibár based theatre arts programs, community group stagings, cultural heritage travel programs and documentary films — Brundibár: Beyond Imagination will create a new paradigm and standard for teaching and sharing the story and lessons of the Shoah, as well as providing a broader understanding of the multigenerational effects of genocide throughout the world. The project’s point of difference can be summed up in the following ways:

  • The overall project will consist of three educational elements that support each other to create educational opportunities that reach beyond their traditional territories and confines to “cross pollinate” the story and message
  • The project will reach new generations where they live — within their communities and through the internet — with a common language they can relate to and share with others
  • The project will call upon, incorporate and promote other organizations efforts and works within an inclusive and cooperative “hub” for Shoah education and Brundibár focused programs
  • The project will move beyond a “preaching to the choir” approach to create an experience that shares the story and lesson of the Shoah and other genocide victims within an multigenerational, accessible and inclusive forum of education, culture and creativity and dialogue
  • The project will be given credibility by its established and growing affiliations and partnerships with established and respected individuals, organizations, institutions and museums
  • The project will feature accomplished personalities in the fields of film, theatre, art, music and education that will attract broad audiences by calling upon their cultural status and notoriety

Brundibár – Target Groups

Opera

  • Local schools and educational institutions
  • Philanthropists and government organizations
  • Genocide survivors and their families
  • Cultural leaders including historians, artists, musicians
  • International press

Film

  • Students and educators ranging from middle school, high school to undergrad and graduate college programs who will be presented the material as an educational tool and resource
  • General audiences, film festival participants, shared interest groups, potential distributors
  • Philanthropists needing social media to bring attention the topics covered within the film

Website

  • Philanthropists referencing the site as an index for other groups doing work with shared interest
  • Students and educators ranging from middle school, high school to undergrad and graduate college programs who will be presented the material as an educational tool and resource
  • Historians and individuals with shared interest who will use the website as an accessible tool and documentation of topics covered
  • An interactive tool for survivors and their families to share their stories
  • General public with shared topical interest

Brundibár – Results and Effects

Brundibár: Beyond Imagination represents a vital link to the past and a blueprint for the future. We believe the Summer Theatre Arts Program, film and website will be inspirational, entertaining, and accessible educational tools that advance and celebrate imagination, artistry, collaboration and the strength of human spirit while promoting a worldwide message of understanding and tolerance in the continued fight against genocide and the growing voice of Holocaust denial. In creating this project we will respectfully transform the municipality of Terezín by giving future generations a forum and opportunity to bring the lives and lessons of the Shoah to those living in its shadow.

Brundibár: Beyond Imagination will exemplify the project founder’s belief in treating critical subjects as living, evolving and relevant stories, rather than the staid perspective of historical documentation and education. Brundibár: Beyond Imagination will be presented within an experiential forum of remarkable and heart-rending multigenerational and multiethnic experience to expose common threads of the human condition that reach out from the Jewish experience and speak to an international audience to ensure the lives and lessons of those who suffered the experience of the Shoah will not fade away.

Brundibár – Type of Project

Brundibár: Beyond Imagination aims to create a new paradigm and standard for teaching and sharing the story and lessons of the Shoah, as well as provide a broader understanding of the multigenerational effects of genocide throughout the world. The project’s three overlapping initiatives are as follows:

Educational Summer Theatre Arts Program

The mission of the educational theatre arts program is to offer an experiential educational curriculum that explores Jewish culture and the experience/lessons of the Shoah and genocide through a three week program of lectures, exercises, interaction, discussion and action that speak to heritage, history, creativity and a proactive approach to social justice. 20-30 adolescents whom have experienced the second, and third generational effects of genocide and hailing from Israel, the United States, Rwanda and the Czech Republic.

Documentary Feature Film

We believe the best way to tell a story, and to change the future is through the voices, actions and revelations of children documented and presented on film. The documentary films Spellbound, Born into Brothels and Boys of Baraka illustrate prime examples of this success. The success of these films engaging storytelling through the eyes and stories of children has proven to be a powerful tool that speaks to the hearts and minds of a wide and varied audience. It is though these examples we believe Brundibár: Beyond Imagination will create a new paradigm that combines the personal relevance of educational and cause-focused children’s programs with socially relevant entertainment.

Interactive Educational Website

The ultimate goal of the Brundibár: Beyond Imagination website is to create a marketing and educational tool to support the Summer Theatre Arts Program and documentary film to promote understanding and practiced tolerance throughout the world while fighting the rising voice of Holocaust denial. Website content will offer users a link to lessons and experiences of lives once marginalized, lost or forgotten as well as those just emerging by presenting them within an online library and interactive stage of video, words, pictures and audio.

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