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SEEKERS OF LIGHT

A Hanukkah miracle’ at Boston museum’s joint Israeli-Iranian show

Times of Israel

ABOUT

                sequel to “Here Comes Messiah” (Carnegie Hall, 2009), “Seekers of Light” is a musical installation inspired by the rise and fall of the mystical Jewish messiah of the 17th century, Shabtai Tzvi. It premiered as a part of a Hanukkah event at the MFA and drew a crowd of 2200 onlookers. 

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Written in half a dozen languages, “Seekers” emphasizes the mystical aspects of Tzvi’s life.

Tutti Druyan

(Israel)

as

SARAH

Parham Haghighi

(Iran)

as

SHABTAI

Original sketches by Prague-based visual artist Theodor Tezhik were projected onto the courtyard walls during the performance, “to give the audience the emotional color of the scene” 

A long way from Mashhad, his original home, Haghighi chanted Hebrew while surrounded by Jewish families

Designed as a continuous musical happening, the musical installation unfolded in half-hour segments, with the audience invited to wander in and out.

MUSICIANS

Parham Haghighi 

Tutti Druyan

Amir Zaker

kamanche

Pouya Shabanpour

daf, dareye

Maryam Fouladi

tar, setar

Shir Zehavy

flute

Adrienne Arditti

voice

Yakov Israel

voice

Shai Herz

voice

Hannah Heilman

voice

Chris Baum

violin / electronics

Matti Kovler

 

piano

Alex Conrad

voice

Nash Tomey

double bass

Matthew Shifrin

voice/accordion

Brian Calhoon

percussion/voice

Amanda Romano

harp

Gilad Barakan

guitar

CREATIVE TEAM

Matti Kovler

composer / librettist

Theodor Tezhik

visuals / dramaturgy

Masha Nemirovsky

dramaturgue

John Powell

lighting design

Laura Mandel

costume design

Brian Dixon

videography

 
 

PRESS

TIMES OF ISRAEL

Musicians from ‘enemy’ countries perform in Hebrew and Persian

 

VIDEO EXCERPT

 

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