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The New End of Europe: Janusz Wiśniewski’s ‘Noah’s Ark' on tour toTel Aviv
By Andy Dubrov
Janusz Wiśniewski Presents A World-Wide Event at Tel-Aviv’s Cameri Theatre for three days, May 4th, 5th and 6th (2009), in Cameri Auditorium 2 at 8:30p.m.
Chanukah dreidel days in London: All Sounds Jewish
By Jason Solomons
Sounds Jewish: December 2008Is Fagin too anti-semitic for the London stage, Obama's Jewish allies and what's the Yiddish for condom? Presented by Jason Solomons and comedian David Schneider
By making theatre together, we diminish the borders between us
By Michael Tumelty
Bosnians, Serbians and Croatians. Palestinians and Israelis. Russians and Poles. Iranians. This is a volatile mix of nationalities, temperaments, beliefs and cultures, connected in some cases only by suspicion, fear, antipathy, and mutual loathing.
António José da Silva in Paris, Ana Frank in Madrid
By Jacobo Kaufmann
Our readers surely recall the fact , that for several years I have been researching and translating into Spanish the plays of António José da Silva (O Judeu), the most prominent Portuguese playwright of the 18th. century. (1705-1739), murdered in Lisbon by the Inquisition, who accused him of being a Jew.
Regretfully to this day his works are not often performed outside of Portugal, which is why, on my recent visit to Paris, I happily read that the Comédie Française (the French National Theatre)
I'm not trying to copy Topol says Fiddler Joe
By Diane Parkes
Joe, who is perhaps best known for playing Charlie Burrows in the television series The Upper Hand, is well aware of the role call of actors who have taken the role of the troubled Jewish father - but is determined to make the role his own.
Tribute to Marc Chagall : Superb exhibition in the Swiss town of Martigny
By Sarah Nathan-Whyte
No greater tribute to Marc Chagall can be offered than that of the superb exhibition in the Swiss town of Martigny in the Canton of Valais which opened earlier this month. The display, by the Fondation Gianadda, offers a retrospective collection of the artist’s work on the 120th anniversary of his birth. Chagall was born in the Russian town of Vitebsk on July 6 1887.
Historic opera makes plea for tolerance
By Rebecca Assoun
"La Juive" (The Jewess), a renowned 19th-century opera by French composer Halévy is currently on show in Paris.
Created in 1835, “The Jewess” marked a whole generation of French musicians and drew praise from masters such as Wagner and Berlioz.
London : The world première of Lotte's Journey at New End Theatre 29 October 2007
LOTTE'S JOURNEY is based on the life of the German Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon who perished in 1943 at the age of 26. Whilst in hiding in the South of France she painted a vibrant and unique autobiography of over 1,000 paintings. The play, set on the train to Auschwitz, is paralleled with flashbacks of her life: the darkness of the journey set against the myriad colours of her paintings.
Jewish director murdered in Tashkent
By Yael Branovsky
Founder of Ilkhom Theatre found stabbed to death outside his home. Uzbek police suspect murder was anti-Semitic attack Uzbek Jewish director Mark Weil was found dead Thursday night outside his home in Tashkent. Local police are investigating suspicions that the murder was an anti-Semitic attack.
New Theatre From The Jewish Diaspora: 'Gimpel The Fool'
By Bill Dunlop
Nephesh Theatre promises 'New Theatre from the Jewish Diaspora'. The company have five plays in English which they intend to tour in Europe in 2008. One of these is 'Gimpel The Fool', appearing as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Possibly one of the late Isaac Bashevis Singer's better-know short stories, Gimpel is the 'holy fool' of Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition, the one who is true to themselves in a world of the smugly self-deluded.
Habimah Theatre plays over UK boycott
By Jonny Paul
Despite the various calls in Britain to boycott Israel, Habimah, the national theater of Israel, has been invited to perform at the prestigious Royal National Theatre in London in October.
European Day of Jewish Culture 2007 (2.9.07)
A day that takes place almost all over Europe - this year in 30 countries – to discover the cultural and historical heritage of Judaism! Thanks to open doors, circuits, exhibitions, lectures and concerts, the wider public is invited to get to know Klezmer music, contemporary art, theatre and to visit synagogues, old cemeteries, ritual baths and ancient Jewish quarters. This year, the chosen theme, «Testimonies», enables to highlight the imprints which have been left by the Jews everywhere they h
The Jewish Music Institute summer programs
JMI Forums such as the International Forum for Suppressed Music, the International Forum for Yiddish Culture and the Forum for the Promotion of Arab-Jewish Dialogue Through Music, provide an international focus for study and musicianship. In each sector there are programmes in education, performance and information.
Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama
The Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam will display next month the exhibition on the life and work of famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt who was the first international superstar. In the course of her career, “The Divine Sarah” turned out to be the most important tragedienne of her time.
Wildest of all possible Dreams
Tim Supple is injecting a freshness and pizzazz into staging Shakespeare that hasn't been seen since the heyday of Peter Brook. With his Midsummer Night's Dream about to hit London, he talks to Jasper Rees.
Jewish Talent Leads The Way At Theatre Awards
Shows by Tom Stoppard and Tony Kushner were among the big winners at the 2007 Critics Circle Awards, which took place at London’s Prince Of Wales Theatre.
Short, sharp lesson from Pinter master
By Charles Spencer
After last week's Pinter's People, an abysmally acted collection of the dramatist's often far from scintillating sketches, what a pleasure it is to welcome a production that reveals the master of menace and the pregnant pause at the top of his game. The Dumb Waiter lasts slightly less than an hour, and with top price tickets selling at £30, that works out at just over 50p a minute.
American actor in ' Underneath The Lintel ' in London
By Francine Wolfisz
THE choice of a one-man show for his West End debut was nothing short of an extremely brave choice for American actor Richard Schiff. Indeed, many fine actors have shied away from the prospect of going solo, if only because of the huge burden that follows in keeping the audience enraptured for a full 90 minutes or more.
Truly, a knight to remember
By Charles Spencer
suppose there are a few people who won’t enjoy Spamalot. The chronically depressed, the criminally insane and the snootier drama critics may find it hard to raise a smile. The loss is all theirs, however, and I suspect everyone else will have an absolute ball. There has never been a sillier musical than this, or one more calculated to appeal to the British sense of humour. Already a hit on Broadway there is a genuine sense that the show has come home with its arrival at the Palace.
Hitler comedy movie to open in Germany
By Oliver Bradley
A spokesman for the movie said Levy chose the provocative theme in order to find a way at keeping the discussion about the German dictator alive. Levy’s last film, Alles Auf Zucker (Go for Zucker! An Unorthodox Comedy) swept the German Film Awards (Deutscher Filmpreis) last year, with statuettes for best direction, best screenplay and best film.
Jewish Theatre lacking in England
By David Jays
It might seem a puzzling omission, but it's not untypical. Despite the work of Pinter, Arnold Wesker and Deborah Levy, Jewish writing is a neglected presence in British theatre. If you want to see an overtly Jewish character on the British stage, you usually have to wait for the ambivalent hero-villains in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice or Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, both written at a time when Jews were officially banished from the country. Subsequent waves of immigration did not produce
Yiddish theatre’s revival in France
By Caroline Rabourdin
Yiddish theatre is set to hit Paris this week when the comedy “Une goutte de schnaps” (a drop of schnapps) begins its showing at the Tambour Royal theatre. Written by Ida Gordon and presented by Jérémie Elfassy, the play takes place in a shtetl at the end of the 19th century. In this small Jewish village, men and women only worry about one subject: Schmouel.
Jewish comedians take on Germany
By Oliver Bradley
David and Avi Toubiana are the newest comedians on the German slapstick circuit. Last year, the former class clowns finally made their way onto the big stage with their very own show – and found success.
Wish you were here, Mr Borat
FIRST, they threatened to sue over a song. Then they shut down his website. In its losing battle with a maverick comic, the government of Kazakhstan even took out full-page newspaper adverts to confront what it saw as damaging slurs.
Yesterday, however, Kazakhstan made an abrupt change of tack in its attempts to stifle Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian who has made the oil-rich Central Asian country an international laughing stock
Ten days of Jewish culture in Berlin
By Oliver Bradley
The 20th programme of Berlin’s Jewish Culture days opened on Sunday. The 10 day programme will span a wide range of Jewish visual and performing traditions – keeping in tune with the festival’s motto “Jewish Facets”. Sunday’s opening concert of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra was be led by Berlin based Israeli conductor, Lior Schambadal. The orchestra was expected to present many facets of music that had been composed by Jews over the past centuries – from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s romantic “M
Polish Jewish Cultural Posters
The vibrant Jewish culture that existed in Poland for 1000 years prior to WW II was effectively destroyed by the Holocaust. Nonetheless, during the Communist era, the Polish government sponsored Jewish cultural events and commissioned artists to create art posters to publicize these events. Some posters were for Jewish film, others were for operas and exhibitions, and many were designed to accompany productions of the E.R. Kaminski National Jewish Theater
Ladino vibes light up Turkey
By Mara Vigevani
They might live in Istanbul, but the three Jewish musicians who make up Sefarad have made it their goal to reignite their families' Jewish-Sephardi traditions, highlight their Ladino roots, and bring it all to the forefront of Turkish consciousness. With a top-selling album and a sold-out concert tour, vocalist Sami and guitarists Jeky and Jem seem well on their way.
Mideast Play Manages to Insult All Sides
By Sarah Plass
While Berlin’s cultural establishment is in an uproar over the recent cancellation of a controversial staging of a Mozart opera for fear of Islamist attacks, a theater here is going ahead with “The Last Virgin,” a bluntly satirical play about Muslims and Jews in the Middle East. “I am not even thinking about taking it off the schedule,” Daniel J. Nicolai, the artistic and executive director of the English Theater in Frankfurt, said in an interview. “Why should I?”
Flyers for ' Merchant of Venice ' spark fury in Jewish community
By Tim Cornwell
THE director of Britain's leading Jewish organisation has called for the Royal Lyceum theatre in Edinburgh to apologise for the "pain" caused by flyers advertising its play, The Merchant of Venice. The flyers show the actor playing Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's play, dressed in the costume of an Orthodox Hasidic Jew. "And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?" it declares in bold letters
Babi Yar Massacre Commemoration
Ukrainian and foreign dignitaries have honoured the victims of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre by Nazi occupiers, in a historical commemoration that is the largest of its kind to have taken place in the former Soviet Union. At a ceremony in Kiev on Wednesday led by Ukraine’s president Viktor Yushchenko and attended by delegations from 40 countries including Israel’s president Moshe Katsav, hundreds of mourners laid flowers at the monument to the some 33,000 Jews who were shot at this ravine over two
Demystifying Kafka's home town
Franz Kafka's literary depiction of Prague is mired in mystery, as he rarely named the places described in his stories and novels. Specific spots -- a church, prison or castle -- mattered less than their status as topological metaphors. For the Kafka cognoscenti who come to see St. Vitus, the cathedral probably depicted in The Trial, or to cross the Charles Bridge from the Old Town to Mala Strana as the character Josef K. did, a visit to the new Franz Kafka Museum is essential.
Shylock's Violin and 25 words of the torah find their home
On the occasion of the 7th European Day of Hebraic Culture having the theme of “Hebraic Itineraries”, E.T.I.C.A. Association presents the exhibition of 25 paintings “Words and things” from Genesis by Vittorio Pavoncello wanted and donated to the Hebraic almshouse of Rome (CRER Via Portuense, 216 – 00149 Rome) to adobe its walls with colour and Hebraic culture.
The Yiddish language was at the centre of the first festival of Jewish cultures in Paris.
By Yossi Lempkowicz
The Yiddish language was at the centre of the first festival of Jewish cultures in Paris last month. At the beginning of the 20th century, Yiddish was spoken by an estimated 11 million Jews living mainly in Eastern Europe and the US. The festival was organised by the Unified Jewish Social Fund (FSJU) in Paris’ historical Jewish quarter, the Marais.
Today, Yiddish is still spoken by about four million Jews around the world, particularly among Ashkenazi Jews.
Daniel Pearl has inspired composer Steve Reich to write the most political work
By John O'Mahony
The murder of American journalist (and violinist) Daniel Pearl has inspired composer Steve Reich to write the most political work of his career. He tells John O'Mahony why
Anti-semitic row hits Edinburgh : Do comics hate Jews?
A major row has broken out over claims an anti-semitic sentiment is rife among comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Jewish writer Jamie Glassman, who worked on the Ali G show, says after spending a few days at the festival ‘it is becoming increasingly acceptable to hate the Jews. Again’.
Harmony Across a Divide
By Alan Riding
IT was an immensely appealing experiment, both in its idealism and in its simplicity: Let young Israeli and Arab musicians play together in an orchestra to show that communication and cooperation were possible between peoples who had long fought each other. The two men behind the idea had themselves made something of the same journey. The Argentine-born Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said met in 1993 and, though they were not always in agreement, t
Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival 3-7 September 2006
Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival: 3-7 September 2006 Final preparations are underway for this yearbs Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival, which celebrates Jewish life, theatre, music and arts. Tickets are going fast for this not-to-be-missed entertainment extravaganza, which offers show-stopping performances for all the family
Festival casts 'Barcelona renewal'
By Ziva Szeinuk
The 7th Barcelona Jewish film festival has been hailed as an example of the renewal of Jewish life in the city.
Some 1,800 people attended the week long event which showcased the diversity of Jewish culture – from Holocaust documentaries to a British-Jewish film.
Berlin’s Jewish Film Festival
By Oliver Bradley
Despite financial problems, the 11th Jewish Film Festival Berlin got off to a good start. “Eleven years ago, I would have never believed that this festival would have been able to grow to such a size,” festival director Nicola Galliner told audiences during the opening.
The festival was nearly this year cancelled due to a massive budget deficit after the festival’s primary source of revenue, Berlin’s Jewish Community, slashed funding by two thirds. The [German] Federation for Democracy and Tole
Italian Jewish cultural festival in Trieste
By Daniel Mosseri
The Jewish community in Trieste, a city in northern Italy, last week launched its inaugural summer cultural festival. Called Erev-Laila, the Hebrew words for evening and night, the summer-long event will take place in the garden of the Carlo e Vera Wagner Jewish museum from July 5 to August 25.
Europe celebrates Jewish culture
By Caroline Rabourdin
Europe will celebrate Jewish culture on 3 September 2006 during the sixth European Day of Jewish Culture.
This year, about 30 countries will participate in the event to promote Jewish history and heritage.
The challenge of presenting Mordechai Gebirtig in Cracow
By Monika A. Murzyn
The Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow is the biggest event of that type in Europe held since 1988, at first every two years, since 1992 annually. It is one of the most important cultural festivals in Poland and a flagship event of Krakow’s artistic summer combining entertainment with important educational and cultural goals, namely bringing back the memory of Cracow and Central European Jews, teaching about history, traditions and rituals, but also presenting contemporary achievements and creati
Jewish Cultural Centre looks for the stars of the future
The New End Theatre Hampstead has joined forces with the London Jewish Cultural Centre this summer to offer theatre workshops for children and teens.
The joys and sorrows of a Jewish shtetl in 21st century vibrant Dublin
By Maria Diemling
21st century Dublin is a vibrant, fast and international city. Its central shopping streets are packed with shoppers carrying bags from expensive boutiques, busily talking into mobile phones and manoeuvring their way through crowds of tourists from all over the world, strolling at a more leisurely pace. The joys and sorrows of the inhabitants of a small Jewish shtetl somewhere in the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 20th century seem to be a world away from high-tech Ireland. But the exper
Paris exhibit celebrates Yiddish contribution to East European music
By Rebecca Assoun
Paris’ House for Yiddish Culture is dancing to the tunes of Yiddish folklore with a new exhibition that looks at the history of Yiddish song through partitions, highlighting the central role of East European music. Song is at the heart of Yiddish culture. It is a testimony of the Jewish communities’ story in Eastern Europe. The Jewish love of music is seen in the earliest biblical stories. People sing everywhere and anytime. Liturgical or secular, song accompanies the great moments and the daily
Festivals of Jewish culture in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a place where important European cultures meet and naturally this includes Jewish culture. Visitors to the country have the opportunity to learn about this fascinating culture at its many Jewish sites as well as at various festivals of Jewish culture.
The Israeli Yiddishpiel Theater to perfom Bashevis Singer and Gebirtig in Poland
By Shmuel Atzmon
The Israeli Yiddishpiel Theater will hold five performances this summer 2006 in three different festivals in Poland, in the cities of Bilgoraj, Zamosc and Krakow. The Theater is to leave for Poland on June 28 and will perform "Gebirtig" by Yehoshua Sobol and "Last Love", based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer. The two plays were written especially for Yiddishpiel and their world premieres were held in Israel. "Gebirtig" will be performed four times in Poland – in Bilgoraj, Zamosc and Krakow,
Klezmer exhibition in Frankfurt Jewish Museum
A new exhibition at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt is looking at the musical breadth and geographic scope of klezmer, a secular music that began in celebrations at Jewish weddings and festivals but has since experienced a mainstream boom in Israel, the United States, and Germany. Called "Klezmer — Hejmisch und hip" (Klezmer — Homegrown and Hip), the exhibition traces the style back 300 years to its roots in the villages of Eastern Europe and Russia.
European Jews searching for an assertive voice
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
The 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 15th anniversary of the fall of communism took place this year amid a ferment of transition and concern in Europe as a whole and among European Jewry. A host of world leaders took part in solemn, high-profile ceremonies including one at Auschwitz in January that marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious death camp in 1945.
Mike Leigh comes out on his Jewishness
By Linda Grant
Mike Leigh has a hit on his hands with Two Thousand Years, his first ever Jewish play. So why has he never spoken about his Jewishness until now? Perhaps, says Linda Grant, because it informs everything he does
European magazine demands ideological purity
By Merav Yudilovitch
European magazine refuses to publish stories about Israeli groups if they refuse to fall in line with publication's political views ,The world of dance is in an uproar: British magazine Dance Europe was accused last week by the London Jewish Chronicle of politicization and racism after the magazine refused to publish an article on Israeli dance troupe Dance Drama, whose choreographer is Sally-Anne Friedland.
Celebration of Harold Pinter at the Gate Theatre, London
By Charles Spencer
The British theatre has been signally slow to honour Harold Pinter since he received the Nobel Prize for Literature last year. There has been a massive Euro-junket in Turin and much rejoicing and craic in Dublin, but in London there has been only the sound of silence - which I suppose is one way of honouring a writer famous for his pauses.
All credit, though, to the tiny Gate Theatre in Notting Hill for mounting this cleverly selected double bill, jointly directed by Claire Lovett and Thea Shar
Enjoying 350 Years Of British Jewish Art
By Estelle Lovatt
There were no authorized Jewish inhabitants in Britain until after 1655 when a Dutch rabbi petitioned Oliver Cromwell to allow Jews back into England. With this revision of the Jewish population came the safeguarding and maintenance of Jewish life. This being achieved through the conservation of Jewish law, and art. Jewish art was not just collected for its sake only, but as a stockpile for recollecting and reinstating Jewish existence.
Year of Jewish Culture to mark 100 anniversary of Prague Jewish Museum
By Rob Cameron
The Jewish Museum in Prague is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, with a year-long programme of concerts, theatre performances and exhibitions. The events will celebrate the centuries of Jewish life in the Czech Lands, and the substantial cultural contribution of the Jewish community, a community which was decimated by the Holocaust. Rob Cameron spoke to Leo Pavlat, director of the Jewish Museum.
Levi’s masterpiece in Paris and Geneva
Following thegreat success in London New York west End and a tour to Cape Town two adaptations of the classic Holocaust-era autobiography by Italian Jewish author Primo Levi is impressing audiences at a Paris and Geneva theatres. In the last few years, the Grutli Theatre has staged several plays on the Holocaust theme, including “Unknown at this address” by Kreismann Taylor, “The Reader” by Bernhard Schlink, “Oh you, human brothers” by Albert Cohen and very recently “Kaddish for an unborn chi
Unknown works of Dutch composers :Treasures 1937 - 1944
Sometimes music does not get performed because composers fall from favor for ideological reasons, often being persecuted and even murdered. This was the fate of many Jewish composers prior to and during the Second World War. Their music was considered "entartet" (degenerate), participating in any formal musical life was made impossible for them, performances of their music was forbidden. After their deaths, if it was even possible to findany of their music, it was rarely performed anyway as ther
Grigoriy Gorin's Kaddish in the city of Lodz
For the first time since news of the events at Jedwabne surfaced, a Polish theatre focuses on the problem of neighborly relations between Jews and Christians. This story of a small town inhabited among others by a Ukrainian pope and a rabbi was directed by Remigiusz Brzyk in the city of Lodz, a city deeply marked by a history of Polish-Jewish relations.
London Playwright Wesker Knighted
By John Nathan
Playwright Arnold Wesker has been knighted in the British New Year Honours list. The dramatist first took his place in British theatrical history in the 1950s and 60s with the Royal Court productions of Chicken Soup With Barley, Roots and I’m Talking About Jerusalem, later known as the The Wesker Trilogy.
Moni Ovadia explores the Jewish roots of contemporary American composers
By Daniel Mosseri
EJP spoke to Moni Ovadia, a Bulgarian-born Italian musician, writer and actor, famous in Italy, Germany, Poland and Slovenia for his cabarets on Yiddish culture as well as for his political commitment. Ovadia is touring Italy with “Es iz Amerike!”, a cabaret show that explores the Jewish roots of contemporary American musicians and composers, such as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan and Irving Berlin, the author of “White Christmas”.
In Mideast ‘Romeo and Juliet ' love overcomes all obstacles
By Agnes Bohm
An adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” to the Israeli-Palestinian context is proving to be a huge success in Budapest.
“Romeo and Juliet in Jerusalem” — Romeo is an Israeli Jew, Juliet a Palestinian — is being performed to full houses at the Hungarian National Dance Theater and has been invited next year to Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United States and Mexico, among other places. It also may be performed at next year’s Israel Festival in Jerusalem.
Nobel prize goes to Pinter
By Sarah Crown
Swedish Academy confounds expectations by naming Harold Pinter as this year's laureate
This has been quite a week for literary coups. In an almost entirely unexpected move, the Swedish Academy have this lunchtime announced their decision to award this year's Nobel prize for Literature to the British playwright, author and recent poet, Harold Pinter and not, as was widely anticipated, to Turkish author Orhan Pamuk or the Syrian poet Adonis.
Jewish cultural life brings visitors to 260 communities throughout Europe
Of the more than 260 communities throughout Europe that actively participated in the sixth European Day of Jewish Culture, more than 70 were located in Germany
European Day of Jewish Culture September 4, 2005!
Following last years' themes of "Judaism and the Arts" (2003) and "Judaism and Education" (2004), this year, the co-ordinating partners of the European Day of Jewish Heritage and Culture (EDJC) chose "Jewish Cooking in Heritage". This topic is not only seen to offer the possibility for a new approach to Jewish heritage. It also inspired us to organise a recipes' competition for you:
Famous French Yiddish actor Leon Spiegelman (1909-2005 ) dies
By Shirli Sitbon
The actor known as ‘the pillar of Yiddish theatre in France’ died last weekend, 22 years after retiring from a long and rich career. Leon Spiegelman, who performed in many Yiddish classics including Shalom Aleichem and ‘Haman the dreadful’, passed away on Sunday night aged 96. “Spiegelman was one of the greatest actors but he was also extremely modest,” fellow thespian, Gerard Friedman, told EJP.
“He sang and acted wonderfully and had great ambition. We worked together in several plays, and it
Morgenstern: from Passion to Shalom Aleichem
By Luciana Friedmann
Romanian Jewish actress Maia Morgenstern is one of the stars of the annual Jewish Summer Festival organized in Budapest, Hungary, from 28 August until 4 September. Morgenstern is perhaps best known to the international audience for her portrayal of the Virgin Mary in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of Christ”. For the festival she will perform in the Yiddish language for Shalom Aleichem’s play “Marienbad”.
Opera of the phantom :Shadowtime -life and death of Walter Benjamin
Brian Ferneyhough is the last composer you'd expect to produce a stage work. But the life - and death, and afterlife - of the philosopher Walter Benjamin inspired him to write an opera like no other, says Andrew Clements
Shelf stocker :Sir Tom Stoppard recently became the library's president
By Geraldine Bedell
Sir Tom Stoppard stands on the steps of a London townhouse. The building behind him is crammed with books: seven-storey stacks of them, a million or more and growing, requiring an extra half mile of shelves every three years.Stoppard walks me round the corner and we sit in an empty room in the new building, which will one day house art history. He is stylish ('I'm not interested in clothes, I just like them,' he once said) and still floridly handsome, has an eastern European accent, rolling his
The Leeds Jewish International Theatre Festival 17-21 July 2005
Now described as the “Cultural Fringe Festival” in Leeds, this unique and diverse performing arts festival celebrates Jewish life, Theatre, Music and Arts. Based at the Leeds Grammar School, the festival gives the performers, writers and audience, an opportunity to take part in a wide range of Jewish culture and heritage through entertainment.
The Death of Klinghoffer first British staging at Edinburgh International Festival
The Death of Klinghoffer Staged production sung in English by John Adams at Edinburgh International Festival 14 August - 4 September 2005 . The cruise liner Achille Lauro has been hijacked by four Palestinian men. A waiter has been shot, the ship's engines have been shut down, and the first officer has a gun pointed at his head. The Captain encourages the passengers, Americans, Britons, and Jews, to remain calm. The Captain is guarded on the bridge by Mamoud, who sings of his memories. The ship
The Price is right :Arthur Miller’s The Price at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
By Mark Brown
It is incredible to think that 19 years separate Arthur Miller’s fabulous tragi-comedy The Price from Death Of A Salesman, his earlier excavation of the shattered American dream. The plays could be companion pieces, a two-pronged assault on the worship of the market economy that has taken to calling itself neo-conservatism. Set in a condemned New York apartment in 1968, it sees upright cop Victor Franz, his wife Esther and his brother Walter wrestle with the ghosts of the 1929 Wall Street crash
Scents of Light on the way to Portuguese Stage
By Matti Aijala
A musical set on a German concentration camp during World War II? Not the likeliest of ideas, but this is one of the many reasons making this new Portuguese show so welcome. It is a first of it’s kind ever to have been staged in the country, which has virtually no musical theatre traditions at all. When I first heard of Scents of Light, my initial reaction was that someone out there was bravely trying to break the old barriers and come up with something new and original. The resulting show is fu
Appeal by the cultural world "For a Europe founded on its culture"
By Bernard Foccroulle
Our world is facing a large crisis: the gap between rich and poor countries grows ever wider; hundreds of millions of people are living in intolerable conditions; there is profound inequality within the developed countries; the ecological future of our planet appears very gloomy; the proliferation of terrorism and the recourse to violence enhance insecurity. In many countries religious fundamentalism smothers all freedom of thought. Far from resolving those problems, war only adds fuel to the fl
Two sides of tradition and tolerance at Jewish Theater of Austria
By Joe Remick
Pessach/Ramadan is a two- part theatrical performance being performed in Vienna by the Jewish Theater of Austria. Each part is based on a short story While each segment can be taken on its own merits, collectively seen Pessach/ Ramadan is a powerful state- ment on the universalit of the human condition; about fami- ly, history, love and tradition.
The bazaar scene is especially enchanting with stagecraft and puppetry provi- ding unique and entertaining atmosphere of magic realism.
Mel Brooks take his musical “The Producers” to Germany.
A German theatre company is interested in hosting Brooks’ successful Broadway musical “The Producers,” a story of two New York con men who deliberately open the most distasteful musical ever in a bid to swindle investors, which contains a show-stopping second act entitled “Springtime for Hitler” complete with a chorus line of goose-stepping Nazis.
Krakow Jewish Culture Festival-26th June till 4th July.
By Janusz Makuch
I would like to invite you to Krakow for 14. Jewish Culture Festival. The Festival will take place from 26th June till 4th July.
The most renown artists from all over the world will come to Krakow to celebrate this Jewish festive.
During the 9 days of the Festival we will offer around 120 events: concerts, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, theater performances, film shows and book promotions.
Most of the Festival events take place in Kazimierz, the fourteenth-century Jewish district located i
Victor Borge Foundation donated to the new Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen.
June 9, 2004, will be the official opening date for Copenhagen’s new Danish Jewish Museum, housed in the historic former Royal Boat House beside the Royal Library. The museum, which will focus on the history and culture of Denmark’s Jewish community, has been built with public and private funds. Most recently, a gift of $250,000 was made to the Danish Jewish Museum by the Victor Borge Foundation, the comedian-musician, who retained strong ties to Denmark throughout his life, returning often to v
The First Jewish theatre in Berlin since the Holocaust to perform in Tel Aviv
Michael Naumann, a former German culture minister, said that Berlin needed Jewish theatrical traditions to return to bring about a true feeling that Jewish life was taking root.

Before the Nazis seized power in 1933, Berlin was home to 160,000 Jews. There are now 12,000, but an influx from former Soviet bloc countries makes the city the fastest-growing Jewish metropolis in the world. Theater Bamah - Hebrew for "stage" - hopes to cater for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences with a premiere gala pe
Non-Jews in Ukraine help mark Sholem Aleichem’s anniversary
By Vladimir Matveyev
The birthday of Sholem Aleichem, born Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich, was celebrated last month in this and a few other Ukrainian towns where he lived and wrote his stories. Organized with the help of Jewish cultural groups from Kiev, the festivities were similar in all of the towns. After flowers were laid at Sholem Aleichem’s monument in Pereyaslav and on memorial plaques, ceremonies were held, then amateur concerts for groups of mostly elderly local Jews. ...
The Dybbuk at Wroclow 2003 International Theatre Festival -Poland
"If Poles don't adopt a new way of thinking about Jews, we will never be at peace with ourselves. Anything we say will be dishonest. Theatre will be dishonest," the production's director Krzysztof Warlikowski told Piotr Gruszczynski just before the planned French premiere. "'THE DYBBUK' is a new 'FOREFATHERS' EVE'! The Holocaust and literature related to it have opened new paths to spirituality."
Moscow's Kosher Lady adopts Russian, helps Jewish theatre survive
The glories of Yiddish theatre have long vanished from Russia as from the rest of East-Central Europe, but occasional echoes can be heard at Moscow's Shalom Theatre where the tradition of Jewish theatre clings on. Faced with dwindling audiences due to emigration and the toll of old age among the remaining Yiddish-speakers, the theatre has switched to Russian as the language for its repertoire.
German town to stage Nazi play despite protests
MUNICH - A controversial play that was last seen in a Nazi theatre in 1944 will be staged again in Germany on Sunday despite protests from Jewish groups and political parties. The theatre in the Bavarian town of Erlangen said it would allow the play Die Woelfe (The Wolves) by Nazi author Hans Rehberg to be staged on Sunday after a lengthy discussion. ...
Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Resurrection-to play for the pope in the Vatican.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will become the first American orchestra to play for a pope in the Vatican. The Jan. 17 performance will recognize Pope John Paul II for interfaith efforts among Muslims, Jews and Christians in his 25th anniversary year as pontiff. The concert, to be funded by the Knights of Columbus, is the brainchild of Pittsburgh maestro Gilbert Levine, who has conducted several top European orchestras at the Vatican.
Uncover new writing talents in Britain
The current across-Britain drive to uncover new writing talent is set be continued with a brand new scheme called The Works which will give five up-and-coming writers the chance to showcase their work to leading UK and US producers. The scheme, is to be run by Mercury Musical Development, Clear Channel Entertainment and the Arts theatre.
A brilliant idea to be adopted by The Association for Jewish Theatre .?.
The Golem -new piece of compelling visual performance that touches on madness, illusions and delusions.
In the sixteenth century Prague Ghetto, a 'living man' is made from clay to protect the Jews from persecution. It is THE GOLEM, the legend that has inspired doo-cot's brand new piece of compelling visual performance that touches on madness, illusions and delusions. It is universal in its quest - the oldest cloning story. Using puppetry, music, words, film and software, doo-cot creates moving pictures and strange visions of tawdry beauty. Pushing senses to the limit,
Nazi-era U-boat drama postponed in Germany
HAMBURG - A German theatre's plans to stage a Nazi-era play about ill-fated U-boat missions were postponed Wednesday evening, but officials said the play would go ahead once they come up with "suitable anti-Nazi" programmes to accompany the play. The compromise came after weeks of heated debate among theatre purists in Germany and Holocaust survivors,
A brief time under the spotlight: Jewish culture in Sweden
By Marianne Goldman
Life in the community sometimes made you feel as if you lived in a ghetto, and you had to wrench and wrestle in order to get out, if you wanted to grow, as a woman and a human being. But where could you go? How should you live, if you wanted to be both Jewish and Swedish? It was difficult, not least because of the double and contradictory message from our parents: Be proud of the fact that you're Jewish, but don't talk about it among the non-Jews!
The International Jewish Drama Festival “AVRAM GOLDFADEN” Iasi 23-30/10/2003
The National Theatre “ Vasile Alecsandri” Iasi organizes in October 2003, under the guidance of the Romanian Ministry of Culture, with the assistance of Romanian Government, the second edition of the InternationalJewish Drama Festival “Avram Goldfaden”.
Israeli group won UNESCO prize.
"Lama Lo!", Israeli ensemble of folk music, became a prize winner of Shark Taronalari (Oriental Melodies) International Musical Festival, held this August in Uzbek city of Samarkand. Jerusalem musicians were the best among representatives of 35 countries and won the special UNESCO prize "For interactive dialogue through music".
The international festival jury comprised representatives of such countries as Iran, Egypt, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Israel .
Celebration of the European Day of Jewish Culture - 7 September 2003
Many performences and culturale events to celebbrate Jewish European Culture Day -A day in all Europe or almost (23 countries!) in order to discover the cultural and historical heritage of Judaism. Thanks to open doors, circuits, exhibitions, lectures or concerts, the wider public is being invited to get to know Klezmer music, contemporary art, theatre and to visit the synagogues, This year the chosen theme is Judaism and the Arts .
Jewish Summer Festival in Budapest 31 August - 7 September 2003
By Vera Vadas
"We Jews, Hungarian Jews, the Jews of Hungary have started many things anew several times. However, it was always a joy to be able to continue certain initiatives. Such is, for instance, carrying on with the tradition of the Jewish Summer Festival. It is especially important for us this summer since the Festival takes place at a time when Hungary is set to join the European Union. "says Gusztáv Zoltai Managing Director ,Federation of the Hungarian Jewish Communities .
Jewish Studies at The Central European University
There are many Jewish Studies departments around the world, including some in East-Central Europe, but there is none that concentrates specifically on Eastern and East-Central European Jewish culture...
The Jewish Studies Project at the CEU came into existence five years ago. The central guiding idea is to create a center for teaching and research on Jewish history, culture and society that would reflect the long and rich contribution of the Jews to the region
Unlikely Pair Brings Jewish Dance to Poland
By Jutith Brin Ingber
Every night for two weeks this summer, thousands of eager Poles almost stormed the doors of the Silesian Dance Theatre, home of the 10th summer dance festival in the small town of Bytom, stepsister to the old steel-milling town of Katowice. There, they were treated to an unlikely alliance between Polish festival director Jacek Luminsky and Israeli-born New Yorker Zvi Gotheiner.
"The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"by Walter Benjamin -Total theatre of one man on stage
By Andre Erlan
This theatrical score, written first as "music for one actor" by Boguslaw Schaeffer for Jan Peszek, has been performed over 1500 times since 1976. It has been highly praised by critics, beloved by audiences, and has received the Grand Prix at the Theatre Festival in New York, 1995. Now Peszek handed over this performance to the actor André Erlen.

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