Concerto for a Refugee and an Orchestra
The show “Safe Shore” – Concerto for a Refugee and an Orchestra, is a theatrical and musical concert focusing on the experience of being a refugee and an asylum seeker. The show was created with the notion of the power, as well as the responsibly, of art and culture to create ripples of change and to promote the public discourse regarding the refugee phenomena in the global aspect as well as the local context.
About the show
The theatrical and musical show “Safe Shore” – Concerto for a Refugee and an Orchestra, brings to the stage of the Tower of David in Jerusalem those journeys of escape, while dealing especially with that moment in front of the gate, the longing for shelter and in many cases the rejection. In this historic and mythological space, 18 members of the Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra create a boat wishing to reach shelter but is not answered. Throughout the performative boat, 5 actors play refugees who stand repeatedly at the gate. The show follows real stories, such as refugees from Syria, Darfur and more, and is based on research and documentary materials.
The show premiered on Thursday, August 15th 2019, as the grand closing event of 360 Festival in Jerusalem – Site-Specific Theatre Festival, as well as featured in Acre Fringe Theatre Festival on October 17th 2019.
By creating a theatrical, historical and musical axis, we wish to connect the stories of refugees from all over the world in their core – the asylum request and its rejection. We believe that this show has the power to awaken the collective memory of what the Israeli public seems to have forgotten – the experience of seeking asylum.
Director: Maya Buenos
Composer: Danny Fine
Dramaturge: Kfir Lapid
Actors: Zohar Badash, Sigal Chameides, Shahaf Ifhar, Matan Onyameh, Zlil Rubinstein
Filming & Editing: Ziv Hadash
Photos: Hadar Bashari