THE DYBBUK - Ghost stories, Jewish mysticism and Folklore at the Segal Center this August!
THE DYBBUK - Ghost stories, Jewish mysticism and folklore at the Segal center this August!
“There are souls, troubled and dark, without a home or resting place who attempt to enter the body of another person. Such a soul is called a Dybbuk” --- S. Ansky
From the 9th of August until the 27th, The Segal Centre for Performing Arts invites you to attend the latest Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre’s production of Russian – Jewish writer S. Ansky’s Gothic masterpiece: The DYBBUK.
The Dybbuk is certainly one of the most celebrated repertoire pieces in classic Yiddish theater. Although it is deeply steeped in Jewish folklore and mysticism, at heart it’s an overall awesome ghost story.
Set in the heart of rural Russia, the brilliant but orphaned Yeshiva scholar Khonen, seeks the meaning of God’s existence all the while yearning for the hand of the beautiful and wealthy Laya. When her father seeks instead a profitable arranged marriage for his daughter, Khonen’s love turns to madness and he starts a suicidal quest of dabbling in the forbidden dark arts of the Kabbalah in hopes of turning the tables in his favor.
After his sudden, untimely death, his tormented soul – in Yiddish, a dybbuk – takes possession of her body and she slowly starts to fade away. Only an exorcism performed by the Great-Rabbi and his messenger may save her.
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theater’s (DWYT) mission is to dramatize the Jewish experience and be a pivotal force for the development and transmission of Yiddish culture.
I was deeply moved by the powerful acting of the main cast. For this contemporary version, directed by Bryna Wasserman & Rachelle Glait, the play continues to follow the traditional story line and is performed in Yiddish with English and French super-titles, but also offers the viewers a cutting edge stage and costume design reminiscent of 1920’s German expressionism with beautiful, ethereal music penned by Josh Dolgin. I especially loved the numerous dance scenes where beggars, the wealthy and even the other worldly gent joined together and connected through rhythm and music.
This captivating and timeless tale speaks of the eternal mystery and power of Love and Death while exploring the Jewish traditions and melancholic, somber world of the DYBBUK. Without darknessm there can be no light and joy can certainly emerge from tragedy.
Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre’s main stage production of the Gothic masterpiece THE DYBBUK runs until August 27th at the Segal Center for Performing Arts.
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