A theatrical presentation, in Czech, of the life and music of Gideon Klein. (A Performing the Jewish Archive event)
Written and devised by David Fligg
Performed at the Theatre Hall of the Prague Conservatory on 20 September 2016, in collaboration with the Prague Conservatory, as part of the 'Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre' festival in the Czech Republic.
On 27 January 1945, the young Czech Jewish composer Gideon Klein was murdered by the SS in an Auschwitz sub-camp. Prior to that, he was imprisoned in the Terezín (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, where he was at the centre of a unique array of musical and cultural activities.
Though his activities there are well documented, little has been known about his life in Prague before the war. Using actors and musicians, Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer draws on recently-discovered archival material and personal testimony, much of it never before having been presented in public, to portray, for the first time, his pre-war life. It is an intimate, poignant, and at times humorous account of artistic and Jewish life in Prague immediately before, and during, the German occupation, and of Gideon’s struggles to survive imprisonment.
Tomáš Kyselka as Gideon Klein, and drama students from the Prague Conservatory (Leonard Hädler, Klára Jelínková, Dominik Jetel, Kamila Kopčová, Vincent Navrátil, Michaela Rajdlíková, Sabina Rojková, Sara Sandeva)
With the Fama String Quartet (David Danel, Roman Hranička – violins; Ondřej Martinovský – viola; Balázs Adorján – violoncello)
GIDEON KLEIN: Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello; Duo for Violin and Cello
MOZART: String Quartet in G major, K387
HINDEMITH: Trio No. 1 for Violin, Viola and Cello
SCHOENBERG: String Quartet No. 2
JANACEK: String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata
|Researcher and scriptwriter||David Fligg|
|Festival Co-ordinator||Zdenka Kachlova|