Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival presents:
“The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds”
The classic tale of love and mystical possession, in a new adaptation.
April 25 and 28, 2013 7:30pm New Hazlett Theater
Part of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Music for the Spirit Festival
Composer: Ofer Ben-Amots
Stage direction: Aron Zelkowicz
Choreography: Joan Wagman
Leon S. Zionts, actor
Alan Obuzor, Kelsey Bartman, Anthony Williams, James Barrett, dancers
Pappert Women’s Chorale,
Christine Jordanoff, Music Director
Shira Shaked, piano
Jonathan Magness, violin
Bronwyn Banerdt, cello
George Willis, percussion
Technical director: Dave Bjornson
Assistant director: Becca Nadler
Production manager: Candice Shaughnessy
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.
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" is sung in Hebrew, with English supertitles.
A short video clip of "The Dybbuk" from a previous production in Colorado Springs, featuring soprano Yahli Toren and clarinetist Gilad Harel:
April 25 and 28, 7:30pm
All seats $25 advance, $30 at the door, $15 students
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