Thursday, June 11, 2009

"La bohème" in Jerusalem

As I might have mentioned before, the Choir of London has come to West Bank to do a tour of performances, including Brahms's German Requiem and Puccini's opera "La Boheme."

A group of girls from the al-Kamandjati school are taking part in a scene of the opera which is really exciting. The rehearsal today was in East Jerusalem, and as I saw first-hand, getting past Israeli restrictions can be extremely difficult. In addition to the difficulties of acquiring permits for visitation, these permits can be summarily refused at the checkpoint.

Here was the group trying to get the permits and papers all together. The children had to bring a copy of their birth certificates in order to prove that they were under the age of 15, which would technically allow them free(r) passage.

In the end 3 of the 15 girls were refused entry into Israel and had to go back home.

The rehearsal was really great to see. Here are a few pictures from the rehearsal.

Also the time in Jerusalem offered me a chance to see one of the major things that I did not see last year.

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  1. Interesting !!!
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