The Besht’s Magical Journey
INTERACTIVE MUSICALÂ SHOW
Zshuk Art Initiative, announces the First Interactive Show
for the entire family in Russian,
Sunday May 29, 4pm
Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11235
To be a part of the interactive circle please register
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â€œThe Beshtâ€™s Magical Journeyâ€ 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 (â€œThe BESHTâ€), 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 â€œJewish Folk Talesâ€, written by Efim Rayze and published posthumously in 1999 after the authorâ€™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 showâ€™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 email@example.com.
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. Â He has worked with a wide variety of artists including Samm Bennett, Jac Berrocal, EasSide Percussion, Fast Forward(Gobo), God is my Co-Pilot,Â Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Skip LaPlante’s Music for Homemade Instruments, Karen Mantler’s PetÂ Project, Sean G. Meehan, Gordon Monahan, Joe Morris, Evan Parker, William Parker, LaDonna Smith, Toronto Dance Theatre and Peter Zummo.
Genady Vysotsky – was 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 childrenâ€™s theater as an adult (with and without puppets): Les MisÃ©rables (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 (×¨×‘×™ ×™×©×¨××œ ×‘×Ÿ ××œ×™×¢×–×¨ August 27, 1698 (18 Elul) â€“ 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: ÐžÐºÐ¾Ð¿Ð¸) 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).Â Better known to many religious Jews as â€œthe holy Baal Shemâ€, or most commonly, the Baal Shem Tov (×‘×¢×œ ×©× ×˜×•×‘). The title Baal Shem Tov is usually translated into English as â€œMaster of the Good Nameâ€. The name Besht (×‘×¢×©”×˜) â€” the acronym from the words comprising that name, bet ayin shin tesâ€”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 Beshtâ€™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 Beshtâ€™s refreshing new approaches to Judaism were welcome, expanding with little resistance in a community hungry for change.
Efim Rayze -Â 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.Â 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: Ð›ÐµÐ² Ð¡ÐµÑ€Ð³ÐµÐµÐ²Ð¸Ñ‡ Ð¢ÐµÑ€Ð¼ÐµÐ½) (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/