– Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves… –
WITNESS is Svyatoslav Lunyov’s music brainchild for the commemoration of one of the greatest tragedies of the Jewish people during the Second World War, the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre. The performance symbolizes the wind that witnessed atrocious events 75 years ago. The sound of the wind epitomizes voices of souls perished in the Babyn Yar, while young singers and violinists echo the sorrow for the victims through their music.
Delicate music, which is played on the verge of senses, permeates the performance akin to the tree that grows through ground and stone, and as the human DNA connects the myriad of cells. The music of everyday life is interrupted with a cacophony of the dark forces that pull the people out of their peaceful lives, eradicate and mutilate them in the same fashion as the tree is eradicated from the ground. However, after the horror of death, the main theme of the WITNESS shows the tree of life blossoming again, promising a better future to the next generations…
In 2017 WITNESS received the Bronze Cannes Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Concept, director: Gennadiy Kurochka
Chief adviser: Natalya Popovych
Singers: Anastasia Bahinska, Oleksandr Podolyan
Violin: Varvara Vasilyeva, Oleksandra Khmara, Vadim Perig
composer, lyrics: Svyatoslav Lunyov
lyrics: Yuriy Sak