For full information on The Complete Freedom of Truth please see the dedicated web site for this long term youth arts project.
In 2004 we were introduced to the composer Nigel Osborne and began a long relationship with him, commissioning and producing new chamber opera and developing skills to work with children with trauma and those with disability through music.
In 2007 we toured Nigel’s opera “Differences in Demolition” in Bosnia and Herzegovina in partnership with the National Theatres of Mostar and Sarajevo. The libretto was by the great Bosnian poet Goran Simic, a long time collaborator of Nigels.
As a result of this work, in 2008 Tina Ellen Lee, Artistic Director of Opera Circus was invited to Srebrenica by a local NGO. A group of young people were building a children’s music theatre and wanted to develop their skills. That was the beginning of our relationship with this complex town and its hospitable and generous people.
Since then there have been many exchanges between young people from Dorset and other parts of the UK and between young people in Srebrenica, Bratunac,Sarajevo and since las August, from Visegrad, Jelah and Tuzla.
We performed the first live opera ever to be seen in the Cultural Centre in 2010 and after that followed youth projects, “Simply Human” 2010, “Like a Film in My Mind” 2012, and in 2014 we began to think about a five year programme of work called The Complete Freedom of Truth.
The pilot of this project was held at Bryanston School in Dorset, UK in August 2014. Here is the documentary about the work.
In August 2015 TCFT went to Srebrenica in partnership with 12 European organisations and a 120 people from the ages of 15 - 65, participants, artists and facilitators. The following film tells the story.
In August 2016 we ran a residency at the University of Bournemouth with our 12 partners from 6 countries, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the UK. In 2017 the residency was in Sarteano, in Southern Tuscany Italy.
There have been many smaller residencies in Bridport as well as with TCFT Croydon, Srebrenica itself and in Loznica, Serbia. Please see the TCFT web site for all the updated information, the documentaries from Bournemouth and Sarteano. The Book is a page on this web site which is created by the young people as part of their creative evaluation of the work together. The Blog is available for anyone in TCFT to use to air thoughts, ideas or personal comment.
Opera Circus/TCFT has also partnered with Changing the Story, the Leeds University led AHRC 4 year project. The process that we ran as part of this can be found on the Izazov! web site.
This is an ongoing project.