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European Performing Arts Forum

Jewish Spaces in European Theatre
Prague, 14 - 16 June 2003


Sponsored by
European Association for Jewish Culture
jpr / Institute for Jewish Policy Research, London
Alliance Israélite Universelle, Paris

With the support of
The Rich Foundation

At the Education and Culture Centre of the Jewish Museum in
Prague, Maiselova 15, Prague 1

Saturday, 14 June 2003
7.30 - 10 pm


Dinner at Le Café Colonial, Siroka 6, Prague 1

I What is a Jewish Space?

Professor Pamela Howard, international theatre designer,
director and producer, London

Chair Arnost Goldflam, playwright, director and actor, Prague

Sunday, 15 June 2003
9.30 - 10.45 am

At the Education and Culture Centre, The Jewish Museum in Prague, Maiselova 15

Key-note lecture

II Potsdamer Platz versus Aschenbach: The Jewish paradigm in post-modern Europe

Dr Diana Pinto, historian, Paris

Chair - Faynia Williams, President, Dramatic Theatre Committee,
International Theatre Institute


10.45 am Break
11.15 am - 1 pm

III Europe's multicultural landscape: Where do Jewish themes fit in?

Between Cracow, London and Manhattan: Viewing Jewish history through a multicultural lens
Eva Hoffman, writer, London

Jewish culture in France today: aspirations of universality and representations of identity
Pierre-Jerome Adjedj, playwright and director, Strasbourg

Chair Ruth E. Gruber, writer and journalist, Morre & Budapest


1 - 2 pm Lunch
2.15 - 3.45 pm

IV The politics of representation and the theatre

Responsibilities of representation: Does it matter if it's good for the Jews?
Jonathan Metzger, playwright, Stockholm

Crossing Jerusalem and negotiating issues of censorship and self-censorship
Julia Pascal, playwright and director, London


3.45 - 4.15 pm Break
4.15 - 6.00 pm The Jerusalem Syndrome: The climax of political theatre in Israel
Dr Miriam Yahil-Wax, dramaturg and writer, Caesarea

American-Jewish theatre: Standing on the hyphen
Richard A. Siegel, Executive Director, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York


Chair - Yvonne Rock, producer, Stockholm
Monday, 16 June
9.15 - 11 am

V Navigating the cultural boundaries: Who are the audiences for Jewish themes?

The Stage Jew: Between the personal and the stage identity
Enrico Fink, actor, musician and playwright, Florence
illustrated with extracts from Patrilineare

A perspective from the borderlands of East-Central Europe
Malgorzata Sporek-Czyzewska, theatre director, Borderlands Centre, Sejny Theatre

A brief time under the spotlight: Jewish culture in Sweden
Marianne Goldman, playwright, Stockholm
Irena Kraus, playwright, Stockholm


Chair - Arnold Aronson, Professor of Theatre, Columbia University

11 - 11.30 am Break
11.30 am - 1 pm


The Ceremony - Anatomy of a Massacre
Led by Helena Kaut-Howson, theatre director, London
Reading by participants and feedback on Eva Hoffman's new play

1 - 2.15 pm Lunch
2.30 pm

VI Concluding session: What will drive Jewish creativity tomorrow?

Reports from the sessions followed by discussion

Dr Miriam Sivan, writer and lecturer at Haifa University
and Chairs of sessions

What drives Jewish creativity?
What are the themes for the current and next generations of Jewish artists?
What if everything were possible .
What's next?

Chair - Lena Stanley-Clamp, Director, EAJC, London


Programme and organization
Lena Stanley-Clamp, Director, European Association for Jewish Culture,
and Institute for Jewish Policy Research,London

European Association for Jewish Culture

jpr / Institute for Jewish Policy Research, London

Alliance Israélite Universelle, Paris

The Jewish Museum in Prague