Dybbuks is a trilingual (Yiddish, Hebrew & English) contemporary opera performed by a small core of performers / vocalists, a Yiddish choir of inter-generational women and four female musicians. Presented in three formally distinct acts, Dybbuks exposes the complex rite of passage a young girl undergoes in order to become a woman.
The work is inspired by Anski’s iconic Yiddish play The Dybbuk (1914), which follows the possession of a young bride by her dead lover on the night of her wedding. Dybbuks explores this idea further, evoking a world where the dead speak through the female performers’ bodies & in doing so challenges the voiceless-ness of women across history.
Samara Hersch is working in collaboration with Chamber Made on this project.
Concept and Direction: Samara Hersch
Composition and Sound Design: Max Lyandvert
Sound Dramaturgy: Tamara Saulwick
Lighting and Set Design and Project Dramaturgy: Paul Jackson
Performers: Karen Sibbing, Yoni Prior and Jenny Barnes
Supported by: The Sidney Myer Foundation through the Malthouse Tower Residency Program 2016 and The Besen Family Foundation.