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01.10.2017    12:00

Judaica: Bodies of Song

The Judaica project (Ben Spatz, US; Nazlıhan Eda Erçin, Turkey; Agnieszka Mendel, Poland) is a laboratory for a newly embodied technique at the crossroads of experimental performance, critical identity politics, and ethnomusicological archives. The team works with Jewish songs from all over the world in the languages of Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Turkish, Luganda, English, among others. In Kraków they will present all aspects of their research through a live lecture performance in addition to a practical workshop and a video screenings. Come explore Songwork, theatrical creation, and embodied research in this multi-faceted theatre/music event.

Practical Workshop: Introduction to Songwork

This workshop is for anyone who wants to explore the extended and unexpected uses of the voice. Participants will work with Jewish songs and song fragments in a variety of languages and discover how the act of singing together can transform bodies and spaces. We will explore relationships between the individual and group, the body and voice, and rhythm and resonance. No prior experience is necessary.

Video Screenings: The Video Way of Thinking

The Judaica project will screen excerpts from their extensive Songwork Catalogue as well as a series of newly ‘illuminated’ video essays that deal with issues of contemporary Jewish identity and identity politics, experimental performance practice, and the politics of world/ethnic music.

Lecture/Performance: What is a Song?

Movement, voice, language and video will be woven together in this unique event which incorporates elements of musical concert, theatrical performance, and critical discussion. Introducing a formulaically experimental and deeply personal approach to working with the Jewish ethnomusicological archive, the team invites participants to join them for a conversation about the meaning and power of song in the contemporary world. Responding to the vision of the Galicia Jewish Museum, they ask what the contemporary celebration of Jewish culture in Poland can contribute to the search for a more just and sustainable world. 

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All events are open to the public and free of charge.