For this series of paintings, Ophuis was inspired by the autobiographical book La Tregua (The Truce) by the Italian writer Primo Levi (1919-1987). In his book, Levi describes how he as survivor of Auschwitz made a bizarre journey of six months, dragged back and forth by his Russian liberators through a distraught Eastern Europe, before being able to return to his old hometown in Italy. Among the millions of displaced, Levi travelled together with a group of old concentration camp inmates, who occasionally organized recitals for each other. Ophuis took this example of the resilience of the human spirit dealing with traumatic situations as a starting point for a new body of work. In his paintings he brings to life an evening of performances in which clowns, intermediaries of adaptation and tragedy, are given the leading role.