Image: Pier Carthew

Contemporary theatre and music work alongside traditional Yiddish mythology all unite to create something unique in DYBBUKS - a new production by Chamber Made and conceived by Samara Hersch.

Taking inspiration from Yiddish mythology, where dybbuks are the unresolved souls who seek to find form through living bodies, this new play by Chamber Made evokes the many ways the dead inhabit female bodies through language, voice, memory and desire.

Created and directed by lead Australian artist Samara Hersch, DYBBUKS brings together two performers, a local Yiddish choir of inter-generational women and four female musicians.

Part performance, part concert, part exorcism, DYBBUKS combines mythic stories, traditional Yiddish songs with contemporary music to present a feminist re-imagining of S. Ansky’s iconic Dybbuk story.

Featuring original and traditional text, music, song and image, DYBBUKS analyses ideas of the possessed female body and explores the way in which women across generations continue to embody, preserve and revive the dead.

Show creator, Samara Hersch is an Australian artist working across theatre, film and contemporary performance whose practice is concerned with subverting representations of the ‘other’ through politically and socially engaged work.

Realised by production company, Chamber Made, who make original works located at the nexus of music, sound and performance, this show is in keeping with the company's reputation for redefining artform boundaries and producing works that emerge from a deep collaborative dialogue across artform disciplines.


Location: Theatre Works - 14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Dates: 14 - 26 August 2018

Prices: Adult $45, Concession $37, Previews $33

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