Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival presents “The Dybbuk”: Between Two Worlds

April 12, 2013 10:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival presents “The Dybbuk”: Between Two Worlds


Ofer Ben-Amots, composer Aron Zelkowicz, stage direction  Joan Wagman, choreography  Sheri Wills, video art  J.R.Shaw, lighting design Yahli Toren, soprano  Gilad Harel, clarinet  Guenko Guechev, baritone  Leon S. Zionts, actor 

Texture Contemporary Ballet  Alan Obuzor, Artistic Director, Dancer, and Resident Choreographer  Kelsey Bartman, Associate Artistic Director, Dancer, and Resident Choreographer Pappert Women's Chorale,  Children's Festival Chorus  Christine Jordanoff, Music Director

About This Performance

The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds marks the 10th Anniversary production of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, an annual concert series devoted to improving cultural life for Pittsburgh’s Jewish and artistic communities at large. The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds is a multimedia chamber opera composed by Ofer Ben-Amots and inspired by S. Ansky’s timeless Yiddish play of the same name. A young woman, Leah, near-death, awakens to the whisper of a clarinet.  She slowly realizes the sound is the spirit of her dead lover Hannan.  As the rest of the opera unfolds in flashback, she must choose between life with a man she does not know and death with her beloved, who has possessed her as a Dybbuk: a deceased soul who takes possession of a living body. The music intertwines folk elements with contemporary textures to create a haunting, self-contained world, while multiple video projections and dance combine to tell a powerful story of faith, mysticism, and passion between two ill-fated lovers. “…transcendent” – Houston Arts Week "The Dybbuk" is sung in Hebrew, with English supertitles. Student tickets are available.  Phone orders only.   $15 per ticket.

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