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Traveling the Yiddishland

presented by The National Yiddish Theatre ~ Folksbiene

February 17, 2013
8 pm
Free Admission
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
122 South Walnut Street, Bloomington

"Traveling the Yiddishland" poster

Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and his band Litvakus present a multi-media musical dialogue with Belarusian Jews who have passed a treasure trove of rarely heard gems on to a new generation.

with special guest Michael Alpert.

Created by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and performed by his band Litvakus with Michael Alpert, an outstanding Yiddish musician, dancer, and folklorist, – it is a musical journey across the routes of the Jewish history in the 20th century Eastern and Central Europe – brought to the modern audiences through the original videos and live performance.

In Yiddish, English, and Russian with English and Russian supertitles. This 75-minute program sans intermission includes rare Yiddish songs as heard by the young generation artists, as well as traditional and original klezmer tunes, documentary footage, and storytelling. The material used in the show comes from the author’s decade long research carried on in his home country, Belarus, a crossroad of cultures, an important locus for the Ashkenazi Jewish culture for about seven centuries. Slepovitch visualizes the culturally rich material in the new musical ethnographic theater production. Using multimedia projection, the author creates an interactive dialog between folk singers, musicians on stage, and the audience.

Traveling the Yiddishland is culturally relevant for all audiences, regardless of their background, as it raises the questions of identity, roots, and history.

An educational partnership with Ivy Tech Community College.