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August 6th 2016
‘I just wanted that part of me gone’

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For sexual trafficking survivors, the greatest challenge is often finding a way to regain some sense of normality.

However, as a growing number of traffickers have begun branding their victims with tattoos, women are faced with a permanent reminder of their past.

Olivia Lace-Evans went to Fresno, California, to meet the people helping women move on.

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July 31st 2016
Modern Day Slavery Announcement

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As the UK Prime Minister Theresa May vows to defeat ‘evil’, let’s hope for real change over rhetoric here.

“Britain will lead the fight against modern slavery”, Theresa May has said, vowing to make it her mission to help rid the world of the “barbaric evil”.

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July 27th 2016
Anya17 Review Los Angeles July 2016

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Anya17 Los Angeles

“The musical score for Anya17 is rich and evocative, performed by a 14-piece orchestra under the baton of Kristof van Grysperre, who also conducted the recent Long Beach Opera productions of Fallujah and Candide. The sonorities are modern and thorny, often percussively reflecting the violence meted out to young girls beaten into submission as they lose their identities and connection to former lives. But there are also lyrical passages where characters recall episodes from the past and fantasize about better futures. In those places some bluesy – and boozy – sounds are heard. If your operatic tastes end with La Traviata, you might not enjoy this music; but experienced in the context of the important drama on stage, Gorb’s musical palette does grow on you convincingly.”

Full Review here…

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April 3rd 2016
Anya17 at Sadler’s Wells April 2016

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Graham Vick CBE is one of the world’s most respected Opera Directors, so we are delighted that it will be under his direction that scenes from Anya17 will be performed by The National Opera Studio at Sadler’s Wells on April 20th and 21st this year.

Anya17 will be in august company at this showcase event at The Lilian Baylis Studio. Scenes from other Operas by Michael Tippett, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Thomas Adès and Ryan Wigglesworth will also be revealed as part of National Opera Studio’s “Contemporary Scenes 2016”.

The National Opera Studio plays an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS is engaged by Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies – English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera.

Graham Vick CBE is at the top of his profession. In demand all over the world and working with many of the greatest singers in major Opera Houses, he is established as one of the foremost Opera Directors of our times. His productions have been seen at La Scala, Milan; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Mariinsky Opera, St Petersburg; Maggio Musicale, Florence, Glyndebourne and many more.

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February 17th 2016
Anya17 goes to the Heart of Human Trafficking in the USA

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I am thrilled to announce that the award-winning opera Anya17 has just been confirmed for performances in Los Angeles in July this year.

Anya17 was created by composer and Royal Northern College of Music Professor Adam Gorb with librettist Ben Kaye to highlight the personal tragedies behind Human Trafficking, a criminal “industry” worth an estimated annual revenue of over £20,000,000,000, second in scope only to the Drugs and Arms trades.

Angels Vocal Art, featuring Artistic Director Kristof Van Grysperre conducting and internationally-acclaimed director Tanya Kane-Parry will be bringing to life a fully-staged production of Anya17 with orchestra.

Los Angeles is THE top point of entry into the USA for victims of slavery and trafficking and is number #1 on the list of the FBI’s highest child sex trafficking cities in the USA.

Premiered in 2012 by the Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10 in Liverpool and Manchester, Anya17 was feted by the UK Government and endorsed by 14 National / International Charities / NGOs including The United Nations before going on to performances in Timisoara (Romania), Meiningen (Germany) and San Francisco (USA).

As Anya17 continues “her” journey around the globe to raise awareness of Human Trafficking, can I please take this opportunity to recognise two unsung heroes who have freely dedicated their time without any recognition whatsoever: Anna Celeste Watson and Stu Jones. Thank you for your everything you do… for nothing.

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May 21st 2015
“Riveting Art”

ANYA17 makes the “Best” List of the Bay Area’s Classical Music Scene for 2014.

 

“Anya 17, a modern treatment of sexual slavery and trafficking, was premiered by Opera Parallele last June. This gifted opera company has moved from edgy productions of twentieth century to their second premiere, and it was a humdinger.

 

A multi-layered score by British composer Adam Gorb and a haunting libretto by Ben Kaye took this most uncomfortable subject and turned it into riveting art. Go to anything this company does. Anything!”

 

 

Repeat Performances

Online reviews of events in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond…

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November 29th 2014
They didn’t want to believe it…

Some didn’t believe Anya 17’s story, thinking that it was too extreme.
I knew it was true because I spent a year researching every aspect of it with thirteen different Anti-Trafficking organisations.

If you don’t believe that “this kind of thing” happens on our streets every day, be prepared for a wake-up call.

Read this
 

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July 2nd 2014
Four men and a woman have been jailed for conspiring to traffic women into the UK for sexual exploitation.

The gang trafficked more than 100 women into the UK, some of whom were forced into prostitution and raped…

 

It couldn’t happen here in the UK, could it?

Story here…

 

I’m assuming that WordPress will not work to display this link, so here is the link in full:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28123869

 

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June 26th 2014
Seven people from the same family have been sentenced to 66 years in prison between them after they were convicted of trafficking three Polish nationals into the UK.

We continue to hear from some people who simply do not believe that Human Trafficking exists.

Thank you to City Hearts, who were instrumental in the rescue of three Polish people Trafficked into the UK and the successful prosecution and jailing of seven Traffickers.

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The three victims were lured to the UK with the promise of paid work and a better life.

As soon as they arrived, their identity documents were confiscated

The victims were subjected to a catalogue of violence and degrading treatment.

One night, having been held captive for approximately 12 months, one of the victims managed to escape, subsequently living on the streets for four months before finding assistance from a charity called City Hearts.

Sound familiar?

www.itv.com/news/london/update/2014-06-20/7-people-sentenced-for-human-trafficking-offences

#‎freedom‬ ‪#‎cityhearts‬

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June 25th 2014
Audience reaction to Anya17 in San Francisco

 

“It is an extraordinarily powerful and emotional work. A tough and uncompromising story and the fact that it was in the form of an opera seemed as natural as breathing. There has never been anything like this on stage in San Francisco. Bravo a tutti at Opera Parallele.
While we were in the theatre some very young women being held as sex slaves were rescued in a trafficking sting mere blocks away. “
Mike – 23 June

“STRONGLY recommend ANYA 17. Today at 4pm is the last show, if you haven’t seen it go get your tickets. It’s more than just an opera… it’s an amazing, eye-opening msg bringing awareness around human trafficking… I saw it on FRIDAY and I am still thinking of it. THANK YOU Opera Parallele for bringing awareness on such an important subject to our community through music and theater.”
Raeeka – 22 June

“I saw Anya 17 tonight. I want to say amazing, but in truth it was difficult and disturbing. I think that is the point… Congratulations to you and everyone else for such a difficult piece.”
Quincy – 22 June

“Really proud of Opera Parallele…they are doing important things. Experienced a great piece of theatre tonight.”
Leah – 20 June

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