"If one recognizes the suffering of the other, one can stop this metamorphosis of  the victim becoming the perpetrator." In a personal statement, Chaya Czernowin talks about her perspective on her opera Pnima and its connection to the current situation. A new production of the work premiered at the Staatstheater Darmstadt on 27 January, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Pnima... ins Innere was created in 2000 for the Munich Biennale and was awarded the Bavarian Theatre Prize as well as world premiere of the year (Opernwelt magazine). In the piece, which is based on a story by David Grossmann, the composer deals with the transmission of trauma, the archaeology of memory and thus indirectly with her own biography as the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. The work helped the composer achieve her international breakthrough at the time.

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