‘A Tale of Two Lights’
Music and storytelling from the early Hasidic worlds
Early Romantic music from Russia and Poland
played on period instruments. presented by KunstenIsrael
Badkhan was a central figure in the Jewish cultural life from the Middle Ages until the Second World War. He was a storyteller/jester/musician and carried a significant role in the society. This is our homage to the lost tradition of Badkhonim
The concept of our performance derives from the melodrama genre that developed in the late 18th century. There, the fusion of recited text and music creates a breath-taking outcome. Other than composing music for a text as done in melodramas, here the process is reversed and text is written to fit the music.
A Tale of Two Lights is a story of the Hasidic movement few decades after its birth, in the cold frontiers between Russia and Poland, and those between the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the story of Shneor Zalman of Liadi, a spiritual leader
and an enlightened rabbi during one of the darkest periods for the Jewish people. It is the story of the old worlds being rediscovered in the light of the Kabbalah, as a new world was formed by the Napoleonic wars.
Fortepiano – Ilil Danin
Cello – Shuhei Takezawa
Soprano – Viktoria Nikolova
Violin and Narration – Yotam Gaton
Toegang: € 10,00 (online voorverkoop), € 12,00 (aan de deur)