Theatre, Drama
Dybbuks Theatre Works 2018 Melbourne
Photograph: Pier Carthew

Samara Hersch's new bilingual music and theatre work mashes up the old and the new

In Yiddish mythology, a dybbuk is a dislocated soul that possesses the body of a living being, often a young woman. Director Samara Hersch puts the concept under a feminist lens, combining traditional stories and songs with contemporary compositions to examine the ways in which the dead speak through the female body and challenge the voicelessness of women through history. Created for two performers, a vocalist, three musicians and a choir of intergenerational Yiddish speaking women, it’s been described as part performance, part concert and part exorcism.

By: Polly Simons


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