Wet morning while waiting a few hours in the library Muntpunt (a second visit) for documentary filming in the afternoon queen Mathilde with Simon Gronowski visiting the Push premiere March 14 at the La Monnaie Workshops in Brussels , Belgium ① memo 20190327 ~ Wet & Waiting in Brussels
① memo 20190314 ~ Opera Monnaie Atelier Brussels ~ Working on a tunnel between the Ateliers and main Opera house of La Monnai | De Munt (the Royal Theatre of the Mint) when visiting the opera PUSH rehearsals last weekend in Brussels
① memo 20180930 ~ De La Warr Pavilion ~ Today two years ago – Sep 30 , 2016 – in the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea , England
① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels
Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life
More info / links
PUSH in Brussels 2019
The full film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’ is presented online here at this site
PUSH opera premiere in the UK, 2016
Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles
A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media
① memo 20171111 ~ Souf ~ ‘Kopjes geven’ (dutch for nuzzle) with tomcat Souf, Oct 2012 , Holland
① memo 20170704 ~ Push ~ I tapped on her back wondering whether she is alive. Then this mother crab sensing danger , saves her baby by pushing it out ! in the Wadden Sea , July 2014, dutch island Terschelling
① memo 20160715 ~ Go , Baby , Go ! ~ This crab decides it’s best for the baby to go – Dutch Wadden Sea , Terschelling , 2014