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“Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater” on May 1 – 5, 2016, in Madison, Wisconsin (the only United States location) as part of “Performing the Jewish Archive.”

Read “Jewish Culture in the Spotlight,” Isthmus, April 19, 2016

Read “Global Jewish Project Comes to Madison,” Wisconsin State Journal, August 17, 2015

The U.S. component of a major international research project, “Performing the Jewish Archive,” led by the University of Leeds, in England, has attracted significant funding to shine new light on forgotten works by Jewish artists. The University of Wisconsin–Madison and the City of Madison are uniquely situated as the sole hosts for the project’s performance events within the United States; one of the premier public research-intensive universities in the world, located in a community that lives and breathes diverse arts, while striving for social change.

After welcoming over 500 people to our one-day event in Madison last August, the full festival, “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater” will be the first of four festivals around the world. There will be five days of performing events from Sunday, May 1, through Thursday, May 5, 2016. Tickets for most events are $10 general admission, $5 students. Please purchase tickets in advance through the WI Union Theater or for the Collage Concert Finale, Overture Center. Local partners include the UW-Madison School of Music, Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, and the Arts Institute at UW-Madison; Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Madison Youth Choirs, and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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ABOUT PERFORMING THE JEWISH ARCHIVE

The project, Performing the Jewish Archive has been awarded $2.5 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in England, under its Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past theme.

Led by Dr. Stephen Muir of the University’s School of Music in Leeds, Performing the Jewish Archive will bring recently rediscovered musical, theatrical and literary works by Jewish artists back to the attention of scholars and the public, and stimulate the creation of new works.

A multidisciplinary team across four continents are focusing on the years 1880-1950––an intense period of Jewish displacement––to explore the role of art in such upheaval. The three-year “Performing the Jewish Archive” project involves a large number of partners, exploring archives, delivering community and educational projects, holding at least two international conferences and a series of symposia at the British National Library, as well as mounting five international performance festivals––in the United States (Madison, WI), the Czech Republic, South Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

“We are a unique combination of scholars from a diverse range of subjects, crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries––even integrating scientific research methodologies at the heart of an arts-led investigation. We seem to have caught the imagination of a huge range of organizations––both Jewish and non-Jewish––all interested in the Jewish artistic past and how it impinges on all of our futures.” – Dr. Muir

Dr. Muir is joined by Co-Investigators Dr. Helen Finch, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds; Dr. Lisa Peschel, Film, Theatre and Television, University of York; Dr. Nick Barraclough, Psychology, University of York; Dr. Teryl Dobbs, Chair of Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Joseph Toltz, Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney; and Dr. David Fligg, University of Leeds.

More information can be found here:
http://ptja.leeds.ac.uk


 

PAST EVENT:

“Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater”
Performing the Jewish Archive

Sunday, August 30, 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The U.S. component of a major international research project led by the University of Leeds, in England, has attracted significant funding to shine new light on forgotten works by Jewish artists.

Here, in Madison, under the leadership of  Dr. Teryl Dobbs, Chair of Music Education at the UW-Madison, “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater” will be a full-day event held on Sunday, August 30, 2015.  Local partners include the UW-Madison School of Music, Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies; the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, the Arts Institute at UW-Madison; and Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society.

·      12:20 – 2:00 PM, Sound Salon, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, Exploring Sound Archives with Sherry Mayrent (clarinet) & Henry Sapoznik (tenor guitar), Mills Hall, School of Music, 3561 Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street

·      2:30 – 4:30 PM, Concert, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, First Unitarian Meeting House, Atrium Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive

·      7:00 – 10:00 PM, Two-act Cabaret Evening “Laugh With Us,” and “Mark Nadler’s I’m a Stranger Here Myself.” Promenade Hall, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street.  “Laugh With Us” is based on an original cabaret written by four young Czech Jews who created “an escape from the ghetto while never leaving its walls,” performed by Minneapolis actors Julie Kurtz, Elise Langer, Ryan Lindberg and Skyler Nowinski. The second act will be “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” by New York actor Mark Nadler, performing music written by French and German Jewish or gay (or both) songwriters during the age of the Weimar Republic.

The day will begin with a Welcome Brunch: “Nosh, Kibitz, and Schmooze,” where members of the general public can meet the international team of scholars and partners as they share their insights on the coming together of Jewish archives, music, theater, and literature, and what it means for the future.