The Butterfly Project: Irma Hannes Tour: 2011-2015
Named for Irma Hannes, our outreach production of Celeste Raspanti’s play I Never Saw Another Butterfly gives witness to the unspeakable fate of the children of Terezin Concentration Camp. More than 16,000 children passed through Terezin and less than 100 survived. Their art and poetry inform this production, confirming the power of creativity to nourish and feed the soul during the darkest of times.
Beginning in 2011 at the National Museum of American Jewish History, this play visited 72 venues across the Greater Philadelphia Area and beyond. Schools, places of worship, theaters, community and senior centers opened their doors to us, allowing us the opportunity to perform before a variety of audiences representing numerous ages, races, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“As an experienced Holocaust educator, I have seen numerous Holocaust related productions and I can tell you that your production stunned me with its authenticity, integrity and power.”
Ivy Barsky, CEO and Gwen Goodman Director, National Museum of American Jewish History
The Prague Trip
In April 2014, Wolf Performing Arts Center partnered with the Prague Youth Theatre (PYT) to bring The Butterfly Project to the Czech Republic. The students of PYT met with Wolf Performing Arts Center actors and teaching artists to participate in the performances.
Working with the young Czech actors, students performed at the International School of Prague with some of the moving poetry poignantly returning to its native language. Indescribably significant was our performance in Terezin itself. The poetry written by the children we memorialize is given new life as we teach audiences to remember their fate.
Wolf Performing Arts Center was committed to bringing our actors to Prague and therefore provided financial support to students in need. Thanks to the contributions of many, all of our actors, regardless of financial situation, returned this powerful message of hope and survival to its place of origin.
To read our blog and see photos visit The Butterfly Project in Prague
The tour of The Butterfly Project is dedicated to the memory of Irmgard Elizabeth Rothschild Hannes.
Irmgard Elizabeth Rothschild Hannes was born in 1920 in the town of Miltenberg am Main, Germany. She was a beautiful, creative and loving supporter of Wolf Performing Arts Center’s The Butterfly Project and so we dedicate the tour to this elegant, courageous, smart and strong woman. Irma loved life and she loved Wolf Performing Arts Center. She deeply appreciated the message of The Butterfly Project and was enthralled with our young actors’ abilities to tell the story of the Holocaust with passion and clarity.
This is exactly how we remember Irma – passionate about living a full life, creating art and always able to tell a story or two.