Auschwitz is the place of one of the worst genocide of the history, and worst crime ever against humanity, against human rights and against differences between the people.
On November 23rd, during the meeting in Poland, the mama-project went to the Auschwitz concentration camp: For all the participants, partners and target groups of the project, it has been a very strong experience.
The group tried to explain how and why this experience was so important for the meaning of our project together.
“It is all about the project, it is about seeing other cultures and about looking things from another perspective. I think it can be useful for us in the project to see things differently” (Pedro H. Amoedo, Portugal group)
“Everyone knows this part of the history but it is really different when you are there, when you can see and feel. It is important when you can really see what happened, when you are there the feeling are really different. It is also a part of the history that we all have in common. It is something that links all countries, in a way” (Luisa Aguiar, Portugal group)
“To visit this place give us a lot of material and a lot of ideas for artistic creations, of thinking, and inspiration for further construction together” (Mickaella Dantas, disabled dancer, Portugal group)
“I have seen all the clothes, there was a lot of cold, the people were very cold because they don´t have clothes. I have seen where they slept in the houses (stone houses). I have also seen the place where people were shot.” (Barbara Matos, disabled dancer, Portugal group)
“Today was a very important step in the way where our final presentation is going. It was important to understand the history and to see closer this history. Beside of that, it was also an essential experience for all the people who were there because we always hear about it in a distant way, but when you are there you grow personally. For the people who are going to dance or to participate to the final performance project in Madeira, it was also important that they were at this place because they can feel this part of our history in a really more consciously way and with the body also.” (Henrique Amoedo, artistic director, Portugal group)
“This visit was for me really connected to the meaning of the mama project.The project integrate disabled people, or even more than integrate, the project doesn´t make any difference between disabled or not disabled: It means tolerance, it means, that a person will be accepted in her complete personality as she is, with her own way to be and nobody will be limited. Auschwitz is the exact contrary of this, it is one of the hardest example in the world of disrespect of life and extreme intolerance of other human being. That´s why for me, these two experiences belong together because they are two extremes and both are very important. This visit in frame of the project reinforce that contrast, and that´s why it was especially interesting.” (Barbara Epping-Faal, Berlin)
“It was important for our project because it was very emotional, and it was important to be together to share this kind of emotion.” (Simona Litviniene, Lithuania)
“The most important was to feel how beautiful our life is now. We have to save our work and life and to be happy with what we have now. It was important to have found these feelings inside of us.” (Grazina Baniene, Lithuania)