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Doctor Sindiwe Magona at the Amy Biehl memorial site in Gugulethu.
featuring Donita Volkwijn, soprano and the Astraeus Quartet  
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A multidisciplinary collaboration led by Stanford professor of classics Grant Parker and music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis, Do Not Fear the Past reorients South Africa’s past and examines the relationship between the ethics of commemoration and the process of reconciliation and forgiveness. The Bay-Area based Astraeus Quartet will perform South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen’s newly commissioned piece Do not fear the past, which is based on Zuhura Seng’enge’s poem of the same title. Featuring soprano Donita Volkwijn, visual elements by Stanford alum and artist Jordan Reist, and texts read by Stanford students, the performance portrays an oblique response to the death of Stanford alumna Amy Biehl (1967-93) during her stint as Fulbright fellow in Cape Town, South Africa in the lead-up to that country’s first democratic election.

Staff and students of the Amy Foundation as well as Stanford students in the university’s Bing Overseas Studies Program developed and workshopped Do Not Fear the Past in Cape Town during the summer of 2018. The result is a powerful exploration and questioning of remembrance and reconciliation amid tragedy that urgently seeks ways forward.

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Supported by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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By reflecting on Amy Biehl’s story and her parents' circuitous journey toward understanding, we start to see reconciliation as a process that evolves and shifts, and doesn’t necessarily arrive. Biehl’s life touched so manyatStanford.Welookforwardto bringing those voices together for a deeper discussion of her life and the forces of historical and personal reconciliation.

 

—Laura Evans, Associate Director of Campus Engagement

 

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