A REQUIEM IN MEMORY OF THE FOURTEEN WOMAN MASSACRED AT L’ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE IN MONTREAL ON DECEMBER 6, 1989
WORLD PREMIERE / DECEMBER 6, 2000 MASSEY HALL
Toronto, Ontario - November 14, 2000 -- 14 REMEMBERED, a requiem commissioned in memory of the fourteen women slain at L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6th, 1989 in the tragedy that history calls The Montreal Massacre, will have its world premiere as part of “New Visions Series” at Massey Hall on December 6, 2000 (tickets start from $15.50 available at the Massey Hall box office 416 872-4255).
14 REMEMBERED is a creation by some of Toronto's most exciting music and dance artists. It represents an artistic cross section of diverse cultural musical backgrounds and tehniques. The work is inspired by the writings and feelings which surround such an event in society, the indelible memory it leaves behind and the healing that each person continues to experience. Commissioned and produced by Autumn Leaf Performance in partnership with Music Canada 2000 and the Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall Incorporation, 14 REMEMBERED delivers a simple, yet passionately charged musical experience. It is supported in part by The White Ribbon Campaign to benefit the December 6 Fund and The Canadian Women’s Foundation.
14 REMEMBERED is a requiem in memory of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Maria Klucznik, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Anne St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte.
Conception & music direction by AHMED HASSAN in collaboration with CELINA CARROLL (vocals/percussion), GRAHAM HARGROVE (percussion), KATHLEEN KAJIOKA (viola/vocals), LOUIS SIMÃO (doublebass), JAMES BINNIE (didgeridoo), DEBASHIS SINHA (tabla), YARED TESFAYE (vocals/percussion), ERNIE TOLLAR (saxophone), MARYEM HASSAN TOLLAR (vocals), PEGGY BAKER (dancer), SARAH CHASE (dancer) and ROULA SAID (dancer). Several performance sequences will incorporate the participation of women and girls.
Having contracted multiple sclerosis at the height of his musical career AHMED HASSAN remains one of Toronto’s most hardworking and celebrated composers today. Over the years he has been commissioned by Dancemakers, EDAM, Peggy Baker Dance Projects and many other music and dance groups across Canada. For Ahmed, 14 REMEMBERED is a labor of love and an appeal to all Canadians to remember those fourteen young women and to challenge the senseless violence that continues against women.
The diverse approaches incorporated by HASSAN and collaborators mirror the many complex responses to the massacre. Through their collaborative creative experience, it is hoped that a step will be made towards a remembrance filled with understanding, compassion and hope. The social and psychological themes expressed in 14 REMEMBERED have been drawn from the book Polytechnique - 6 décembre, a literary confluence of letters, testimonies, memories and commentaries resulting from this tragedy and edited by Louise Malette and Marie Chalouh, published in 1990."