“Children without a Voice” is a short film screened during a live performance of Maurice Ravel's Apothéose: Le Jardin féerique (Apotheosis: The Fairy Garden) by the Louisville Orchestra on January 25 and 26, 2019.
Maurice Ravel held a genuine warmth for children. He composed his Mother Goose Suite for two young pupils whose parents were artists. The final movement of the suite, The Fairy Garden, represents the moment in Sleeping Beauty when the princess gradually awakens after her long slumber.
In Children Without a Voice, a refugee child becomes entrapped in a deep sleep. She is a victim of Resignation Syndrome, a disease that has afflicted over two hundred refugee children in Sweden. These children fall into an unresponsive physical state for months or even years when their families are denied asylum and face deportation. The children emerge from their deep sleeping illness only when they understand that their families are safe and have gained permanent residence in Sweden.
Writer and Director
Assistant Production Designer
Dancers Center for Training
Dr. Elisabeth Hultcrantz
Kentucky College of Art & Design
Moira Scott Payne
Village Manor Apartments
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