Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life
① memo 20171120 ~ Afghan Sans Papiers in Kazerne Dossin ~ Some 30 young Afghans , undocumented (‘sans papiers’) , and Belgians together* went to the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen – note : some Afghans were not able to stay because of trauma’s experienced in their homeland – communiqué in french in this video at the finish of the silent solidarity march for the Afghan community of “Sans Papier” in Belgium, by Belgians and Afghan refugees in Brussels , Nov 20th 2013 – in front of the Federal Justice Building (FPS) in Brussels , Belgium
* Organized by the UPJB and the ‘comité de soutien aux 450 Afghans sans statuts’ , and supported by Solidarcité , and SCI – visit saturday Nov 16th 2013 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium ( SCI “Des rencontres qui questionnent“)
More video work on the Belgian Afghan community here :
① memo 20170818 ~ Couture Courage Congo ~ Couture Courage Congo ~ (FR dessous / below) – The courage of african women – Congolese Fashion Parade « Dignity by creating couture » at the Atelier Marcel Hastir – Brussels – August 3, 2015 – with Anne-Sophie Maier, Aurélie Ferriere, Caroline Hack, Ewa Malinowska, Florette Mavunda, Isabelle Asguet, Katia Fournier, Maria Palatine et Michaëla Ngindu wa Nzengu. For the Young Congolese Women’s Group – DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & the Robert Maistriau Foundation. A short film by Michel van der Burg (August 7 2015 / updates : August 16 , 2015 / August 18 , 2017)
FR – Le courage des femmes africaines – Défilé de robes « La dignité par la création couturière » à l’Atelier Marcel Hastir – Bruxelles , 3 août 2015 – avec Anne-Sophie Maier, Aurélie Ferriere, Caroline Hack, Ewa Malinowska, Florette Mavunda, Isabelle Asguet, Katia Fournier, Maria Palatine et Michaëla Ngindu wa Nzengu. Pour la « Dynamique de la Jeunesse Féminine Congolaise ASBL » DJFC , Kikwit , DR Congo & la « Fondation Robert Maistriau ASBL » . Un court-métrage de Michel van der Burg (7 août 2015 / mise à jour : 16 août 2015 / 18 août 2017)
Film tech note : filmed with Canon Legria mini X – unfortunately with ‘interview’ audio settings for an interview I did earlier that day.
① memo 20170427 ~ Heroic Hands ~ Friend , as you pass by , Honour these hands whose heroic gesture saved those whom the forces of evil had destined for hell .
This corten steel work of Etienne Desmet is a tribute to the heroic attack in Boortmeerbeek by the three young men Youra Livschitz, Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon , on the ‘Transport XX’ deportation train – a cattle car train crammed with 1631 Jewish passengers, heading for Auschwitz. They were able to open one of the cattle cars and liberated 17 men and women. Another more than 200 prisoners escape from the train before the German border. The story is told in the documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/04/19/transport-xx-to-auschwitz/
Filmed last Sunday at the Transport XX commemoration April 23 , 2017 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium
① memo 20170131 ~ L’Atelier ~ Short personal impression of last year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Atelier Marcel Hastir. ‘L’Atelier’ hosted the special screening (and Belgium premiere) of the documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” Jan 31, 2015 – Brussels, Belgium
1) The 2016 film of the premiere play “Celui Qui M’A Rendu Mon Âme” – the French-spoken adaptation of the play “Who returned my soul… “ originally by Kelly D. Brock – that retells the stories of 10 holocaust survivors – now by students of the Saint-Sépulcre school in Liege , Belgium (Philippe Renette – Centre Scolaire S2J.eu / Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com). Online available and documented via this post CELUI QUI M’A RENDU MON ÂME.
2) The 2012 documentary “Transport XX to Auschwitz” – a film by Karen Lynne & Richard Bloom and Michel van der Burg. The attack on this 20th deportation train in Belgium – by three young men – the rescue, and the many escapes and escape attemps are documented in this film by the first-hand accounts of one of the attackers, people that jumped from the train and survivors who returned from Auschwitz. The film is online available and fully documented via this post Documentary film “Transport XX to Auschwitz”.