Kommune of Jonköping
July – August 2016
During a summer school program in Huskvarna, Sweden, I had the chance to work with several pupils on a choir project. They were mainly coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa. It was a wonderful experience which made me think a lot. They teached me Swedish, they reached me that music works best while dancing and that sharing a good time is a pure gift.
I decided to work with them on the book of Gilgamesh,which comes from ancient Iraq. Gilgamesh is the story on the roots of human culture, where we can find a man going through deep pain, searching for hope and slowly coming back to strength again.
Everybody took a sentence from the book and spoke it in his / her own language in front of the video camera. This was the beginning of interwaving this old story with our present days.