Guy Mendilow Ensemble Awarded 2018 Live Arts Boston Funding From The Boston Foundation To Continue International Sand Animation Collaboration


The Boston Foundation recently awarded the Guy Mendilow Ensemble a Live Arts Boston grant to support the continuation of the international collaboration between GME and Ukrainian sand animator Kseniya Simonova towards the show The Forgotten Kingdom.

In the animated The Forgotten Kingdom, intertwining music, storytelling and captivating sand animation conjure voices lost to war and upheaval. The show springs from late 19th and early 20th century women’s songs from Sephardi communities in the former Ottoman Empire. It tells the stories of ordinary people caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the Great War, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of fascism and WWII.  All music is in the endangered Ladino language, a combination of archaic Spanish with Turkish and Greek. The narration is in English.

Mendilow and Simonova began collaborating in 2016 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Boston Foundation. Their first animation piece, “Una Noche Al Borde De La Mar,” was premiered by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Live Arts Boston now makes it possible for the artists to take further steps towards completing the ambitious project and bringing the final project to Boston as well as communities across the USA.

Live Arts Boston (LAB) is designed to respond directly to the needs articulated by Boston's arts community through Boston Creates. LAB provides critically needed, flexible, project-specific grants to Greater Boston’s performing artists and small nonprofit performing arts organizations to create, produce or present artistic work for Greater Boston audiences. To learn more about this grant program, go to

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Guy Mendilow