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, actorTexture 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 PerformanceThe 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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