On the hearth, a fire burns


‘On the hearth, a fire burns’ shares a brief glimpse at the experiences of prisoners at KL Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The work was motivated by a recent pilgrimage to Holocaust and WW2 memorial sites in Europe. Visiting these sites stirred up a multitude of emotions, thoughts and questions. I felt a sense of disbelief at the unimaginable events that took place. For me, there wasn’t a human face, just dehumanized beings, nothing more than “wastes of space”. I felt compelled to create this work to put a human face to the pain and suffering experienced by so many men, women, and children.

On the hearth, a fire burns was created by Bonnie Curtis in collaboration with her dancers.

Bonnie Curtis, Kate Garrett, Anna McCulla, Sara Moad, Kara Peake and Steph Wyburn.

Music Credits
Oyf’n Pripetshok/Nacht Aktion & Rememberances (with Itzhak Perlman) composed by John Williams (Schindler’s List Soundtrack).
Audio arrangement by Bonnie Curtis.

On the hearth, a fire burnt was developed during a residency with Annandale Creative Arts Centre and was shared with an small audience on February 18, 2017.

The piece will debut at Platform Shorts 2017 on March 17-19 at Annandale Creative Arts Centre.

More information about the show is available through the Platform Shorts website.

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