East West Street: A Song of Good & Evil
by Philippe Sands / readings in English, with music; featuring Katja Riemann
Philippe Sands is a renowned London lawyer specialising in international law. His project “A Song of Good and Evil” has gained considerable attention. This is an evening of music and readings (in English) based on his international best-seller “East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity” (in German: “Rückkehr nach Lemberg: Über die Ursprünge von Genozid und Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit”). In this production by opera director Nina Brazier, the author and human rights lawyer appears alongside the actor Katja Riemann, French bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, and the jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy.
Philippe Sands’ A Song of Good & Evil offers new insights into the conflict and connections between three men at the heart of the Nuremberg trial – Cambridge academic Hersch Lauterpacht, Polish prosecutor Raphael Lemkin, and Hitler’s lawyer Hans Frank, uncovering the connections and conflict between them through the passion for music they shared. A personal exploration of the origins of modern justice and the fate of individuals and groups, in images, narrative and music excerpts from Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Paul Misraki and Leonard Cohen.
Organised by IWM (Vienna), Ukrainian Institute (Kyiv), Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe L’viv. Part of “Cultural Year Austria-Ukraine 2019”.
Readings in English, with music by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Paul Misraki and Leonard Cohen.
Team and cast
- Director: Nina Brazier
- Script: Phillipe Sands
- Narrator: Phillipe Sands
- Narrator: Katja Riemann
- Bass-baritone: Laurent Naouri
- Piano: Guillaume de Chassy
‘Tremendously dramatic, moving and thought-provoking’ – The Times (UK)