A partly staged reading inspired by international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands’ award-winning bestseller about the Nuremberg trials.
East West Street explores the origins of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ and the path to justice. The Ratline, the book’s sequel, is to be published in April 2020.
The performance focuses on the lives and ideas of three individuals from the trials: academic Hersch Lauterpacht, prosecutor Raphael Lemkin and Hitler’s lawyer Hans Frank, and the music that connected men on opposite sides of the courtroom.
Following a world tour, East West Street: A Song of Good & Evil receives its Austrian premiere, narrated by award-winning German actress Katja Riemann and Philippe Sands, and directed by Nina Brazier.
Leading bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and renowned jazz pianist Guillaume de Chassy perform music including Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen.
Director: Nina Brazier
Screenplay: Philippe Sands
Writer & narrator: Philippe Sands
Narrator: Katja Riemann
Bass Baritone: Laurent Naouri
Piano: Guillaume de Chassy
The performance “East West Street: A Song of Good & Evil” is part of the conference Between Kyiv and Vienna: Histories of People, Ideas, and Objects in Circulation and Motion which takes place at the IWM from December 4 to 7.