European Association for Jewish Culture 

 

 

2007 Grant Awards 
(artist, title, medium, venue)

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Performing Arts: new works for the stage

 

Mirenka Cehova & Petr Bohac (Prague, Czech Republic) The Voice of Anne Frank, Roxy/NOD Universal Venue, Transteatral, Prague

A multi-expressional theatre project depicting the Shoah and themes of hiding oneself. Anne Frank, hope, death, intimacy, identity and the suppression of identity as a human-being are all themes explored in this production.

 

Samantha Ellis (London, UK), Play About Hair, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

This play explores the controversies surrounding women, faith and hair-covering by telling the story of a friendship between a Hindu and a Jewish woman.

 

Yulia Ginis (Novi Sad, Serbia) Synagoga 

A multidisciplinary theatrical performance based on texts from the Talmud, Synagoga was launched as the initiative of Serbian and Israeli artists and will be performed in former synagogues in Eastern Europe which have been transformed into cultural centres.

 

Bente Kahane (Oslo, Norway) Wallstrasse 13, Teater Dybbuk, Oslo; White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw

A play using authentic film, photos and archival material portraying Jewish women who lived on Wallstrasse in

Wroclaw/Breslau in different eras, pre-war German Breslau and post-war Polish Wroclaw. 

 

Ofri Luz (Brussels, Belgium) Diversity as a Collection of Many Differences

The project concentrates on diversity as a ‘collection of differences’ through three female dancers: one Jewish, one Canadian and one Austrian. The show translates into gestures the possibility of constructing bridges between each dancer’s space.

 

Diane Samuels & Tracy-Ann Oberman (London, UK) Three Sisters on Hope Street, Hampstead Theatre, London

Sponsored by Lord and Lady Haskel

A new play by Tracy-Ann Oberman written in collaboration with Diane Samuels, set in Liverpool and inspired by Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’.

 

Stéphane Valensi (Paris, France) 74 Georgie Avenue, Theatre Gerard Phillippe, St Denis

The play tackles with typical New York Jewish humour the themes of continuity and discontinuity of cultural heritage. It deals in a very touching manner with the problems linked with awareness of identity, uprootedness and transmission.



Performing Arts: music composition

 

Francis Biggi (Boviscio Masciago, Italy) When Yiddish Was Young, CD & performance; Frankischer Festival, Germany, the Jewish Summer Festival, Hungary, the Jewish Museum of Bologna and Cantar di Pietre, Switzerland sponsored by Lord and Lady Haskel

Using a variety of Renaissance and other traditional poetical and musical sources, this composition and recording will attempt to recreate musical soundscape in European countries where Yiddish was spoken.

 

Daniel Biro (London, UK) A Still, Thin Sound, CD & performance, Urdang Academy, London

An electro-acoustic, computer-based composition using bass clarinet and electronics proposing an imaginary representation of the kinds of sounds the Jewish people might have heard at Sinai. It will be recorded by Sargasso and performed at the Urdang Academy in London.

 

Alexander Brussilowski (Paris, France) An Anthology of 20th Century Jewish Music for the Violin

Volume 1 of this anthology will be devoted to previously unrecorded works by the contemporary Russian Jewish composer Efrem Podgaitz, who draws on popular Jewish musical themes. Volume 2 will be devoted to Weinberg, Ben Haim and Kopytman.

 

Marian Grinberg (Bucarest, Romania) Di Naye Hagode, live recording

Based on a Yiddish epic poem by poet Itsik Fefer, this dramatic oratory poem is a musical homage to the heroism of the Jews who resisted in the Warsaw Ghetto.

 

Ewa Kornecka (Krakow, Poland) CD & performance at the Atelier Theatre, Sopot Jewish Cultural Festival

A performance planned and inspired by the poetry of eight Russian-Jewish authors who were sentenced for treason and executed under Stalin. This composition attempts to bring their poetry back to life.

 


Visual Arts: exhibitions of new work

 

David Breuer-Weil (London, UK) Project 3, Exhibition space in Covent Garden

The third part of a series of groundbreaking exhibitions, Project 3 consists of an installation of 50 monumentally sized paintings exploring the contemporary and historical Jewish experience, culture and symbolism. Under the auspices of the Ben Uri Gallery.

 

Thomas Delahory (Limerick, Ireland) Man-Made, Toradh Gallery County Meath

An exhibition of watercolour paintings; the opening will be linked to the commemoration of the Holocaust Memorial Day.

 

Marlis Glaser (Attenweiler, Germany) And Abraham Planted a Tamarind Tree, Rexingen, Germany

A series of portraits of residents of the Shavei Zion Kibbutz in Israel enhanced with paintings of plants. The project is the outcome of an exchange between the residents of Shavei Zion founded in 1938 by German Jewish refugees who fled from the Nazi regime.

 

Elliott Tucker (London, UK) The Metaphysics of Jewish Life, Congregation of Jacob Synagogue; St Hilda’s East Community Centre; LJCC London

A multidimensional video installation dealing with the Jewish ritual, Jewish time and space, Jewish memory and life cycle.

 

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