Sun Oct 25 2020


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Chochmat HaLev

The Dybbuk Dances, with Bruce Bierman

In 1937, contemporary Jewish choreographers Judith Berg and Felix Fibich choreographed the last Yiddish film made in Poland before the War. The classic Yiddish film was The Dybbuk, based on S. Ansky’s smash hit play about the possession and exorcism of a dybbuk –a spirit– who enters the body of his beloved true bride. In this musically playful movement and dance workshop, Bruce will share the couple’s movement ideas using the Jewish alphabet (the alef-beys) to choreograph the Beggar’s Dance. Along with the angular and oppositional inspiration of the alef-beys, participants will also learn a Yiddish dance (Patsh Tants) — the dance of the mothers weaving the bride into the community — and some Hasidic-inspired ecstatic gestures used throughout the ghoulish classic film. No dance experience necessary. All bodies and differences welcomed! We’ll also be using the Klezmatics’ fabulously spooky score to Tony Kushner’s theatrical adaptation of The Dybbuk!

About Bruce Bierman»

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General information about KlezCalifornia workshops»

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. We rely on donations from participants to provide the rest of the needed funding.