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The Besht’s Magical Journey

The Besht’s Magical Journey

The Besht’s Magical Journey

INTERACTIVE MUSICAL  SHOW

Zshuk Art Initiative, announces the First Interactive Show
for the entire family in Russian,

LAST SHOW

Sunday May 29, 4pm

at

Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11235

To be a part of the interactive circle please register

Past shows: Kings Bay Y, May 15, 1pm, May 8th, 11am, JCH of Besonhurst
April 17, 11am, JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

pictures from the show on May 15

pictures from the show on May 8th

 


 

 

 

 

“Играют Все!” an article from The “Reporter” Newspaper. click to read.

 

“The Besht’s Magical Journey” is an educational and entertaining show for the entire family. This Russian language experimental theater performance depicts the adventures– as well as the good deeds — of the 17th century Jewish mystical rabbi, the Baal Shem Tov (“The BESHT”), during the Turkish occupation of Ukraine. Created and produced by Zshuk Art Initiative in under 30 days, it is scheduled to be performed in five Jewish Community Centers around the New York area.

Zshuk artists and educators have adopted this story from the legendary book “Jewish Folk Tales”, written by Efim Rayze and published posthumously in 1999 after the author’s imprisonment by the Soviets. Zhuk artists and educators, Zhenay Plechkina and Misha Sklar, will direct a cast that includes Yelena Shmulenson (“A Serious Man, “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish”), and Genadiy Vysotsky (San Francisco Lyrical Opera). Michael Evans (whose past collaborations include Evan Parker, Alexander Hacke Einsturzende Neubauten), is the show’s composer and musical director.

Participant space is limited (please RSVP). Preference is given to families with children. If you would like to be a part of interactive circle during the show please write to zhenya.plechkina@gmail.com.


Yelena Shmulenson emigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine in 1993. Her TV and film credits include the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man, Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd, Life on Mars (ABC), American Experience: Fire At The Triangle (PBS), and Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish. Stage: 4 seasons Off-Broadway with the Folksbiene, 2 seasons at the Ellis Island Theatre, Enemies: A Love Story in Russian, Frank (‘Klezmatics’) London’s musical of A Night In the Old Marketplace, the tours of Lady of Copper: The Statue of Liberty Musical and The Essence: A Yiddish Theater Dim Sum, etc.  She has also recorded several audio books, winning the Earphones Award for her recordings of Train to Trieste and Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl and Rosa. She can be heard in the radio drama The Witches of Lublin, currently playing on various radio stations across the country. She is fluent in four languages.

 

Michael Evans – is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. As well as being a drum set player, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.  He has worked with a wide variety of artists including Samm Bennett, Jac Berrocal, EasSide Percussion, Fast Forward(Gobo), God is my Co-Pilot,  Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Skip LaPlante’s Music for Homemade Instruments, Karen Mantler’s Pet  Project, Sean G. Meehan, Gordon Monahan, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, William Parker, LaDonna Smith, Toronto Dance Theatre and Peter Zummo.


Genady Vysotskywas born in Odessa, Ukraine. Gennady graduated from the Odessa School of Music. He became interested in acting at an early age, and began to explore that interest by participating in numerous musical theater performances, as well as appearing in several major motion pictures. After emigrating to the United States, Gennady graduated from the University of California at Davis, earning a double degree in Economics and Mathematics. At the same time Gennady continued his musical education. In the last few years Gennady has participated in the productions of the Magic Flute and Macbeth in the San Francisco Lyric Opera. Gennady has recently moved to New York to further pursue his musical career.


Anton Rayn - Originally studied all aspects of Puppet Theater and Performance in Kiev, Ukraine, and continued his education in the US, graduating from Brandeis University. He spent the better part of his childhood as a child performer and continues to be actively involved in children’s theater as an adult (with and without puppets): Les Misérables (JCHS), You Can’t Take It With You (JCHS), Joe and Mary’s Irish/Italian Wedding (NY Dinner Theater), Sleeping Beauty (Growing Stage), New York Renaissance Faire.

 

Baal Shem Tov or Besht - Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer (רבי ישראל בן אליעזר August 27, 1698 (18 Elul) – May 22, 1760), was a Jewish mystical rabbi. He is considered to be the founder of Hasidic Judaism . The Besht was born to Eliezer and Sara in Okopy (Ukrainian: Окопи) a small village that over the centuries has been part of Poland, Russia, and is now part of Ukraine, (located in the Borschiv Raion (district) of the Ternopil Oblast).  Better known to many religious Jews as “the holy Baal Shem”, or most commonly, the Baal Shem Tov (בעל שם טוב). The title Baal Shem Tov is usually translated into English as “Master of the Good Name”. The name Besht (בעש”ט) — the acronym from the words comprising that name, bet ayin shin tes—is typically used in print rather than speech. The little biographical information that is known about Besht is so interwoven with legends of miracles that in many cases it is hard to arrive at the historical facts. From the numerous legends connected with his birth it appears that his parents were poor, upright, and pious. When he was orphaned, his community cared for him. At school, he distinguished himself only by his frequent disappearances, being always found in the lonely woods surrounding the place, rapturously enjoying the beauties of nature. Chapin and Weinstock contend that the Besht was essentially the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Eighteenth century Podolia was an ideal place to foster a sea-change in Jewish thinking. A Turkish occupation of Podolia occurred within the Besht’s lifetime. Once the Polish Magnates regained control from the Turks, Podolia essentially went through an economic boom. The Magnates were benevolent to the economic benefits the Jews provided and encouraged Jewish resettlement to help protect the frontier from future invasions. Thus, the Jewish community itself was essentially starting over. Within this context, the Jews of Podolia were open to new ideas. The Besht’s refreshing new approaches to Judaism were welcome, expanding with little resistance in a community hungry for change.


Efim Rayze -  collected “Jewish Folk Tales” from FSU. This collection is vibrant and reach with moral and funny stories and mystical tales. The book published posthumously in 1999.  These stories represent a slice of Jewish history and identity that has long been neglected and even forbidden in the Former Soviet Union.

 

Leon Theremin - Lev Sergeyevich Termen, Russian: Лев Сергеевич Термен) (27 August 1896, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire) was a Russian and Soviet inventor. He is most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. He is also the inventor of interlace, a technique of improving the picture quality of a video signal, widely used in video and television technology. His invention of “The Thing”, an espionage tool, is considered a predecessor of RFID technology. http://www.thereminworld.com/

 

 

This program has been created by Zshuk Art Initiative, sponsored by CWW project of COJECO, funded by the UJA Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group and Joshua Venture Group

 

 


Solomon’s Chair at Hannah Senesh Community School

Solomon’s Chair at Hannah Senesh Community School


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February 6

1-4 pm

Interactive Installation accompanied by printmaking workshops.

previous event at JCC in Manhattan

Hannah Senesh Community Day School

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Exploration in Collage and 3D Construction

Exploration in Collage and 3D Construction

Explorations in Collage and 3-D Construction is a sequence of 5 lessons in sculpture and construction and is a part of a larger Family Program Initiative titled Art Explorations.

This unit introduces young learners to concepts of 3 dimensionality. The whole sequence is developed based on the artistic uses of 3-dimensional forms, experimentation, and encourages students to come up with innovative uses in constructing their own structures. Each lesson is self contained and reinforces prior knowledge as well as points out new directions for exploration. Students learn by making, observing and listening to each other as well as reflecting on the art made by famous artists. The goal of the sequence is not just to teach about art but to help students develop important habits of mind such as :

  • Persisting
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Gathering Data Through all Senses
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Creating, imagining and Innovation
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
  • Taking Responsible Risks
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

We find that kids love to build and this particular class develops fine motor skills as well as spacial thinking.
I personally had not had many opportunities when I was little to explore sculpture, construction because in FSU these were not the most popular mediums that had been taught to kids. Even when I had gone to art school I still did not have appropriate sculpture experiences. In my adult life, while in Pratt Institute I had problems understanding important and original concepts in Sculpture.

Learning about 3-d concepts teaches children that the world is not flat and gives them a unique perspective on to things around them which building toys don’t.  Sculpture can be suspended in space, balance on a single point, pile up on the side.  It develops imagination in a special way.

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Solomon’s Chair

Solomon’s Chair

This big scale Installation containing 42 separate pieces will invite audiences of all ages to actively participate. The audience will be able to rearrange the pieces and construct their own Solomon’s Chair, an amassing artifact that originally emerged as a result of genius engineering and magic. As artists we are inspired by the idea of opening space for people to actively engage with the art and offer everyone a chance to participate in the making off the project. Similarly to how The original Solomon’s Chair changed based on who had approached it, our installation will change as more and more people pass through it.

If viewed from a distance or by taking a picture with a camera the image of Solomon (fragment of the painting by Nicolas Poussin 1649) can be seen(if it is hard to see squint your eyes or move away from the screen).

The Installation is accompanied by artist talk and printmaking workshops. Participants create a print inspired by the artist process using intaglio method of printing.

Hannah Senesh

JCC of Manhattan

Solomon’s Chair is supported by Cojeco Center Without Walls and Genesis Philanthropy Group

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat

Sculpture exploration project

Clay is a natural material that came from the earth. It’s a great way to explore the ideas around Tu B’shvat, the New Year for the trees.

Through using natural materials such as clay, wood, twigs and branches, seeds and paper we learn about nature cycles.

Tu B’shavat Seder is a tradition that incorporates songs, vine and fruit tasting.

studio1.2

studio1.2

January 16, 2011

Inspiration:

Eadweard Muybridge

Blow-Up (1966)

111 min  -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller -  18 December 1966 (USA)

A mod London photographer believes that he has photographed a murder.

Director:Michelangelo Antonioni

Writers:Michelangelo Antonioni (story), Julio Cortázar (short story “Las babas del diablo”), and 3 more credits »

Stars:David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles

Activity:

  1. Invent a simple story and perform it.
  2. Take a sequence of images/photos of the performance
  3. Create a simple still image animation using Quick Time


Ayn Studio on Flickr

Stop motion animation by Eley and Dimitri

Important habits of mind:

  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Creating, imagining and Innovation
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Painting Explorations

Painting Explorations

Painting Explorations is a sequence of 5 lessons in painting and is a part of a larger Family Program Initiative titled Art Explorations. It introduces beginner learners to concepts of mark making, color mixing and paint applications. The whole sequence is developed based on the artistic uses of painting, experimentation, and encourages students to come up with innovative uses of painting medium. Each lesson is self contained and reinforces prior knowledge as well as points out the ways to go in the future. Students learn by making, observing and listening to each other as well as reflecting on the art made by famous artists. The goal of the sequence is not just to teach about art but to help students develop important habits of mind such as :

  • Persisting
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Gathering Data Through all Senses
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Creating, imagining and Innovation
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
  • Taking Responsible Risks
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

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Lesson #5. Using Shapes

Things we learned:

  1. All things in the world can be painted using shapes.
  2. Shapes can connect and make new shapes.
  3. Shapes remind us of things in the world like crowds, eyes, rain, ears, an egg e.t.c.
  4. Important habits of mind learned-

    Thinking Flexibly-training your mind not to fixed on a single solution. For example David is able to change the way his images look from one thing into another because he is flexible in his thinking.

    Responding with Wonderment and Awe- having an ability to be surprised and be able to add your own thoughts to a story.

    Thinking Interdependently-collaborating, Davis and Jacob worked on a big painting together creating one image.

    Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations-relating things from our lives to the story we red.

    Creating(spreading paint in different ways creates a visual effect, for example spreading paint with swirly motion loos like a hurricane or twister) , imagining(other things that could be that color, developing associations) and Innovation(mixing new color).

    We read a poem translated from Yiddish to Russian by Lev Kvitko “Ð’ Гости” and made a painting about it.

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Lesson #4. Mixing Brown Using Primary Colors

Things we learned:

  1. Mixing paints together produces new color
  2. Mixing all three Primary colors makes brown.
  3. Brown can be different – dark or light, greenish or reddish.

Important habits of mind learned- Creating(spreading paint in different ways creates a visual effect, for example spreading paint with swirly motion loos like a hurricane or twister) , imagining(other things that could be that color, developing associations) and Innovation(mixing new color).

We had looked at at another painting by Paul Klee.

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Lesson #3. Mixing Primary Color

Things we learned:

  1. Mixing paints together produces new color
  2. Mixing Primary colors makes Secondary colors. Red+Yellow=Orange, Red+Blue=Purple, Yellow+Blue=Green
  3. We can use thick and thin brushes for different type of painting. Thick brush is good for spreading and layering and thin brush is good for making lines, small dots and marks.


Important habits of mind learned- Creating(spreading paint in different ways creates a visual effect, for example spreading paint with swirly motion loos like a hurricane or twister) , imagining(other things that could be that color, developing associations) and Innovation(mixing new color).

We had looked at at another painting by Mark Rothko.

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Lesson #2. Color mixing

Things we learned:

  1. Mixing paints together produces new color
  2. Using thick brush we can spread paint and cover a lot of space quickly.
  3. Paint can be layered.
  4. Mixing new colors can remind us of things in the world like grass and trees.

Important habits of mind learned- Creating(spreading paint in different ways creates a visual effect, for example spreading paint with swirly motion loos like a hurricane or twister) , imagining(things that could be that color) and Innovation(mixing new color).

We had looked at at another painting by Paul Klee.

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Lesson #1. Brushstrokes and mark making

Things we learned:

  1. Moving hands in different ways produces different types of marks
  2. Different marks remind us of things in the world. Zig zag reminds us of the mountains and wavy lines remind of the water.

Important habits of mind learned – Creating(creating different lines remind us of things), imagining(we imagine things that look like the marks we make and learn to associate visual representation with the object) and Innovation(combining marks together allows us to invent new images).

We had looked at art by Paul Klee.

It seems very basic but I actually believe that children need to explore a lot in order to be comfortable with anything, especially making marks or creating visual images. They actually enjoy it even if it is something very familiar to them and get great satisfaction from doing something they already know.

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Kick off party

Painting titled “Night and Day” using primary colors by children ages 2-8.

Tot Тусовка

Tot Тусовка

more photos here…

Stamp printmaking project with parents and children under 3 years old at the kick off event for Tot Tusovka.

In this exploration project we used the stamps with various shapes and paint as well as some found objects like top part of the “matreshka” nesting doll and a large lego piece to make shapes of various size circles and squares. Similarly to our Sukkot Printmaking Project various shapes can be used along with partially cut fruits and vegitables.

Solomon’s Chair at JCC of Manhattan

Solomon’s Chair at JCC of Manhattan

Generation R

This big scale Installation containing 42 separate pieces will invite audiences of all ages to actively participate throughout the course of 3 days while it will be on display at the auditorium space at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. The audience will be able to rearrange the pieces and construct their own Solomon’s Chair, an amassing artifact that originally emerged as a result of genius engineering and magic. As artists we are inspired by the idea of opening space for people to actively engage with the art and offer everyone a chance to participate in the making off the project. Similarly to how The original Solomon’s Chair changed based on who had approached it, our installation will change as more and more people pass through it.


Chavurah Reunion teen group

instructions for printing

Reflection notes from Pre-k classes:

Nov 22 Solomon’s Throne

November 22

The Making of Solomon’s Chair

The installation will be accompanied by artist talk with Misha Sklar and Zhenya Plechkina. Families and children of all ages are invited to participate in a special art making workshop inspired by the making of Installation, with Zshuk artist and teacher Zhenya Plechkina.

The installation will be open 10am-6pm November 20-22.

The 2 art making workshops will take place:

Saturday November 20

2:15-3:00 and 3:00-3:45(space is limited)

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“For no king was the throne made like it, and no kingdom could produce similar ones.  This throne was made as follows: Twelve lions of gold stood upon it, and opposite to them twelve eagles of gold, a lion opposite and eagle, and an eagle opposite a lion. The right paw of the golden lion was toward the left wing of the golden eagle, and the left wing of the golden eagle was toward the right paw of the golden lion. The sum of all the lions upon it was seventy-two, and there were the same number of eagles. Towards the top, where the king’s seat was, the throne was round. It had six steps of gold, as it is written: ‘The king made a throne of ivory, and this throne had six steps’ [1 Kings 10:18-19]. Upon the first step lay a golden ox, and opposite to it a golden lion; upon the second step lay

a golden bear, and opposite to it a golden lamb; upon the third step lay a golden panther, and opposite to it a golden owl; upon the fourth step lay a golden eagle, and opposite to it a golden peacock; upon the fifth step lay a golden cat, and opposite to it a golden hen; and upon the sixth step lay a golden hawk, and opposite to it a golden dove. Upon the throne stood likewise a golden dove, holding a golden hawk in its claws. Thus one day will all nations and languages be delivered into the hands of King Messiah, and into the hands of the house of Israel….”

Megillah Esther, Targum Sheni

image source: painting “The Judgment of Solomon”, 1649 by Nicolas Poussin

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This project is made possible with a grant through Mini Grant From COJECO and CWW .


Web Site Launching Celebration

We Invite families and friends to attend our web site launching celebration!

November 7th, 11:00am


The Tanger Hillel @ Brooklyn College
2901 Campus Rd
Brooklyn NY 11210

For more information please email: info@zshuk.com

  • The event will feature Zshuk’s new web site, offer information about Zshuk programs.
  • Families will be able to participate in hands on art drawing activity inspired by the Jewish idea of Tikkun olam תיקון עולם‎ (repairing the world) create their own drawing tools, paint mixing colors, games for different ages and music with life DJ.
  • Light refreshments will be searved.

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The Web site celebration was a lot of fun!

If I had to sum it up in one word I would say it was family-like. Everybody got along well and made new friends. There was a lot of room for everybody and I hope nobody felt left out.

Our main focus in preparing for the event was to make sure that by exploring various art materials families can work together and discover things they did not notice before. The theme of Tikkun Olam(repair the world) was sudgested to me by Enid Zimmerman and her lecture on  Victor Lowenfeld. “Lowenfeld’s vision was at the root a prescription for repairing the world has meaning for me as Lowenfeld and I share a similar Jewish heritage and I am inspired by a social action notion of tikkum olam, repairing the world. I believe it is the obligation of each individual and groups of individuals to help perform this repair. This can be interpreted today as having each student find personal meaning through his or her study and making of art in which processes and outcomes are socially relevant and allow for creative expression.”

It is not often that most of our children (including my own!) have a chance to see how water can turn colors. Red, Blue, Yellow turn into Purple, Green and Orange, by mixing some more Purple will turn into dark blue and will go all the way to Black! Orange will produce a warm Brown, and Green will become an olive and all the way to “muddy”.

How often does Danya get to  paint the floor with green, purple and orange? Mark painting the table Blue? Laila to use two different colors and remember to wash her brush nicely in between? Emma do her painting performance in front of many friends? Alan watch color mixing for whole 10 minutes? There are not many places to do that in Midwood. Most importantly everything that took place was creative and not predictable.

I enjoyed it and hope to see everyone again soon!

Here is a list of the activities we did together:

Oil Pastel making with Gabby

Color Mixing with Manashe

Drawing together

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Painting circle

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