About The Production
Requiem for Aleppo is an intensely personal response by the composer David Cazalet to the tragedy of Aleppo.
The work brings together 12 dancers from across the world. The original music is a combination of Requiem Mass lyrics set to choral music, linked by Arabic poetry from the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. This represents the richness and diversity of Aleppo’s musical heritage. The score is interwoven throughout with people from Aleppo telling their stories. The voices are from young and old and represent all parts of society. Their testament is designed to get to the human tragedy beyond the politics.
The premiere was streamed on the night by one of our charity partners that evening, Techfugees, to many destinations around the world where the Syrian diaspora has found refuge. These include Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Spain, France, Dubai and Canada where further fundraising events will take place.
ONGOING FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Via National and International touring to serve as an ongoing means of channelling money to Syrian causes.
TO ACT AS A REMINDER
Now and ongoing, of the suffering of a people and what the world has lost
GIVE VOICE TO THE PEOPLE OF ALEPPO
The testimony which interpolates the music will be spoken by people from Aleppo, telling some part of their lives, their memory. In the words of one witness .. ‘ Aleppo is no more, all that is left are its stories’.
To bring together people as the world becomes increasingly polarised.
To act as an ongoing vehicle through performance, social media and crowdsourcing for people to support what the UN has termed ‘the largest humanitarian crisis of a generation’