9/11 opera “Between Worlds” envisages what happened inside the tower

Nick Drake, Independent UK 
NOTE – Nick Drake is the librettist of Between Worlds

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We all remember where we were on 9/11.

The planes that flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center blew a hole in the heart of the world. That day it seemed as if optimism, decency, empathy, love, were confronted and defeated by violence, atrocity, agony and death.

Now, nearly 14 years later, new towers are rising by the site of the tragedy. But how has art processed the event? There have been novels, plays, countless documentaries, feature films, poems and even a strip cartoon returning to that day.

A brief first wave of cinematic responses has included Paul Greengrass’s 2006 fiction United 93, while documentary has flourished more readily, the testimony of those who were there proving overwhelmingly potent.

From Don DeLillo’s Falling Man to Jonathan Safran Foer’s Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close, literature has mostly concerned itself with aftermaths and echoes, using the day itself as a catalyst. As far as I know, only Frederic Beigbeder’s 2004 novel Windows on the World has imagined what happened inside the towers.

Now a new opera, Between Worlds, will also envisage that terrible situation: written by composer Tansy Davies and myself, and directed by Deborah Warner, it opens at the Barbican Theatre next month. Read More »

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USS New York assists in rescue of Saudi airmen from water south of Yemen

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Saudi airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

The official says a U.S. helicopter flew Thursday from neighboring Djibouti to the Gulf of Aden and rescued the airmen. Initial reports said the rescued airmen were “ambulatory.”

The destroyer USS Sterett took lead of the situation after Saudi Arabia requested U.S. assistance Thursday afternoon, coordinating assets from the U.S. naval base in Djibouti and the amphibious transport dock USS New York. Read More »

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Congregation Israel Hosts Community-Wide Program on Terror and Social Responsibility

Jewish Link of NJ

Springfield, NJ —On March 15, a panel discussion was held at Congregation Israel and attended by over 75 people from three local synagogues. The event was co-sponsored by all of the Springfield houses of worship.

Speakers at the Terror & Social Responsibility Panel, Photo JLNJ

Speakers at the Terror & Social Responsibility Panel, Photo JLNJ

Women who were all victims of terrorist attacks, or experts in dealing with the aftermath of such attacks, spoke and discussed relevant issues.

Panelists included Dr. Michelle Pearlman, PhD, founding director and former clinical director of the Institute for Trauma and Resilience and the NYU Child Study Center; Wendy Lanski, a survivor of 9/11; Pamela Kramer, a survivor of a Ugandan terror attack; Sarri Singer, founder of Strength to Strength and a survivor of an Israeli bus bombing; and Lisa Weiss, family member of Rabbi Levine who was a victim of the Har Nof massacre. These women all had important messages and stories to contribute to the discussion.

Dr. Pearlman engaged the discussants in conversation about their experiences, and then spoke about how to address these issues with children and adolescents. Her advice was simple—let them ask the questions that they need to ask, and don’t force feed information. Several short non-threatening sessions are better than one conversation which tackles everything all at once. Finally, she stated that parents know their children best and should always be a source of safety and security for their children.

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