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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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November 26th 2013
Stunning Full Dress Rehearsal of Anya17 in Germany

I was privileged to be at an extraordinary event last night; the first fully-staged dress rehearsal of Anya17 performed by the truly talented international cast and musicians of Das Meininger Theater.

To say that the performance took my breath away would be a master-stroke of British understatement.

Nearly 24 hours later, I still haven’t had the time to fully absorb the power of the show, and revise my appraisal from a series of stammering superlatives to a more objective view. I just can’t begin to describe it.

Adam Gorb and I spent a portion of this morning doing a Radio follow-up to an earlier TV interview – I’ll let you know if either will be available on the net.

In the meantime – another full run-through tonight, so more news tomorrow!

The blinded Elena (Camila Ribero-Souza) drinks as Anya (Anne Ellersiek) tries to come to terms with her plight

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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November 16th 2013
The Calm before the Storm

In about a week, I will be heading down to Meiningen Germany to Das Meininger Theater to attend the fully-staged world premiere of Anya17 (and many subsequent performances over the coming months).

When you are in the midst of a long-term project, it can be all too easy to look forward with trepidation and be forced to accept the sudden realisation that you have “so far to go…”

Today (for a change) I decided to take the opposite view and “stopped on the mountainside” to look back and see just how far we had actually come.

From the genus of an idea, the amazing Anya17 team has:

1. Premiered concert performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10 and The Royal Northern College of Music.

2. Gained extensive coverage to raise awareness of Human Trafficking on the brilliant BBC and with many many others (as far afield as South Korea and Australia).

3. Premiered Anya17 in Romania and received an invitation to take the opera all over Romania by The Ministry of Internal Affairs (in conjunction with The UK-Romania Friendship Foundation and their wonderfully-successful International Human Trafficking Symposium).

4. Secured a USA premiere with Opera Parallele in San Francisco in 2014, and used the opportunity to engage a swathe of Human Rights groups and Media in America.

5. Won the “Best Film or Stage Production Dealing with Human Trafficking” Award at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards last year at The House of Commons, promoted by The Human Trafficking Foundation.

6. Gained the official endorsement of thirteen Anti-Trafficking NGOs, many of whom we hope will attend the German premiere.

7. A performance in Feb next year in Wales is currently awaiting confirmation, whilst other potential performances in the UK with the original Cast are at such an early stage that… let’s just wait and see…

Yes, we do have a long way to go.

Sometimes though it’s good to look back and gain confidence and inspiration for the future, from the successes of the past.

I haven’t met any of the Singers or Musicians who will be performing Anya17 in Germany. I haven’t even yet met the Director, the Conductor, the Costume Designer or any of the others.

I did though receive an email from one of the Singers, who is playing the part of “Elena” in Germany. I won’t relate the email because all these thoughts will be appearing on the blog soon.

All I can say is that “the passion lives on…”

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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October 26th 2013
“Mein Name ist Anya” – Anya17 highlights Human Trafficking in Deutsche Zeitung and is invited to “go national” across Romania

We couldn’t be more delighted that the Romanian premiere of Anya17 prompted a fact-based report on Human Trafficking in Deutsche Zeitung (Romanian Edition).

Following the performance, the President of Pro Prieyenia Arad (a partner in the performance) received a call from the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Bucharest, inviting Pro Prieyenia Arad and The Friendship Foundation (UK – Romania) to go national with both the Anti-Trafficking Symposium and Anya17! We couldn’t possibly have hoped for a better result!

On that note, it was also wonderful to hear about individual audience experiences of Anya17. The following is typical:

“The standing ovation, which followed what seems like minutes of ‘gob-smacked’ silence, indicated the general audience response. A senior police office from South Africa declared to me the following day that the opera had changed the direction of his vocation.”

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope that in addition to Romania, Germany (Nov 28th), San Francisco (next year) that Anya17 continues to raise awareness of the horrors of Human Trafficking.

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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October 22nd 2013
Amy Webber’s thoughts on the Romanian premiere of Anya17

Performing Anya 17 in a country where more women and children are trafficked for sex slavery than any other Eastern European country was extremely poignant.

For me, it brought an even deeper level of emotional engagement and the back story of my character became even more detailed. Seeing all the delegates from the Anti Human Trafficking conference and members of numerous trafficking charities in the audience also made the story become deeper. Everyone in that Philharmonic Hall was fighting against the same thing – human trafficking and slavery. This made the whole experience very powerful and the opera more relevant than ever before.

I always cry at the end of my aria in Anya 17 and also at the end of the opera, and this time, I cried even more. When the audience gave a standing ovation and the whole cast, crew and orchestra were taking bows on stage, the applause was saying more than just “what a great performance” but also “let us all continue the fight”. What more thrill could you want as a performer than being involved in something that is an art AND a campaign for change?

Of course, teaming up with a Romanian conductor, orchestra and half a Romanian cast also made the experience more interesting. Their rehearsal techniques and structure is different. And their way of approaching and learning contemporary music is also very different. They were all extremely friendly and really welcomed us to their country and culture.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience for all involved and we really hope we can continue to perform it all over the UK and the world.

Amy Webber plays the part of Elena

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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October 14th 2013
Three Days to Anya17 in Romania…

Timisoara

Timisoara

With just three days to go now before the Romanian premiere of Anya17 in Timisoara on the eve of Anti-Slavery Day, I am delighted to hear that rehearsals are going very well and that the Director (Caroline Clegg), the Cast and Musicians are all in good spirits.

Whilst I would very much like to be with the Composer Adam Gorb and with you all in Romania, there is much here left to be done, evidenced by this new Guardian report on Human Trafficking going on under our very noses in the UK today.

Good luck (Toi Toi Toi) to all the Anya17 Team in Romania!

 

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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October 4th 2013
Details of Anya17 in Romania – October 17th 2013

Details of the imminent International Symposium on Human Trafficking in (Romania October 14th to 18th) and the Romanian premiere of Anya17

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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May 19th 2013
Essential Viewing…

New Documentary exploring grooming and Sex Trafficking…

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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March 11th 2013
Fully Staged World Premiere for Anya17!

Kammerspiele des Meininger Theater

I am delighted to announce that Anya17’s fully-staged World Premiere has been confirmed for this November in Germany!

Anya17 will be performed amidst the stunning landscape of Thuringia at Kammerspiele des Meininger Theater in Meiningen with a Cast from Theater Meiningen. The run will start on November 28th 2013 and finish on February 8th 2014.

The Meiningen Court Orchestra is one of the oldest and most tradition rich orchestras in Europe. Founded in 1690 by Duke Bernhard I, this elite 70-strong Orchestra has attracted Composers such as Johannes Brahms and Musical Direction from such luminaries as Hans von Bülow, Max Reger and Richard Strauss. The visionary Philippe Bach has been the Music Director since 2010.

The confirmed dates so far are:
Nov 28th 2013, Dec 8th 2013, Dec 14th 2013, Jan 10th 2014, Feb 8th 2014.

I need not say how excited we all are to hear the news of this run, and we hope to bring you news of performances in other countries soon!

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November 2nd 2012
Anya17 Wins ‘Best stage or film production dealing with human trafficking’ at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards 2012

It is with great pleasure that I can officially announce here that Anya17 has won the award for ‘Best stage or film production dealing with human trafficking’ at the Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards 2012 which were recently held at the Speaker’s House in London on 17th October, on the eve of Anti-Slavery Day.

I feel very unworthy of announcing this fantastic news here on our blog, but as the Composer Adam Gorb, Librettist Ben Kaye and Director Caroline Clegg more than deserve a break after all their hard work and the excitement of the awards, I am posting up some photos from the night and look forward to more news from Ben soon.

Ben wrote on Facebook very late on the night of the awards “If I look shell-shocked then that’s because I was – I had absolutely no idea that we might possibly win” and he left a phone message for Stu and I (Stu designed the Anya17 logo and I created the website) on the awards night with a long pause on the answerphone, finally saying in his usual modest tone and sounding very shocked indeed “We’ve only gone and won the bloomin thing!”.

I personally had no doubt whatsoever of course that Anya17 would win, and am absolutely thrilled for Ben, Adam, Caroline and the fantastic cast for their talent and dedication, but of course more importantly we hope it will raise even more awareness about sex trafficking, and open up more opportunities for further Anya17 performances in the UK and worldwide…

You can view the full list of award winners here: http://www.antislaveryday.com/awards

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Author: Ben Kaye - Librettist, Co-founder
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March 8th 2012
Anya17 Premieres!

Well, goodness me and where to begin? Stunning premiere performances all round at The Philharmonic Hall last night in Liverpool and it currently looks like we’re heading for a sell-out in Manchester tomorrow night.
There hasn’t really been any time at all yet to stop and reflect, but the congratulatory emails have been pouring in ever since ‘curtain down’, and I just hope that the Cast are aware of the immense contributions they have made. The Ensemble 10/10 were infallibly brilliant despite an almost impossibly tight rehearsal schedule, and the wonderful performance coaxed from them by Clark Rundell was a tribute both to his inspirational vision and to the nsemble 10/10’s unshakable, consummate professionalism.
We’ll hopefully get some posts soon from these terrific singers, but until then let me leave you with this; coverage from the brilliant BBC just prior to the Anya17 world premiere last night…

BBC TV Coverage on day of Anya17 Premiere

Ben Kaye, Librettist

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