Aug 5th, 2011 - the Cabaret show
This year the seminar took place in the first week of August and dealt, for the first time, with light music composed and performed in Theresienstadt. Instead of separate master classes for composers and performers there was a common workshop for composers, most of which study at the combined composition stream at the Jerusalem Music Academy and the “Rimon” school – and vocalists actors with various backgrounds: some specializing in classical music, others in light music and theatre. The participants were given various texts, all of them written for cabarets in ghetto Theresienstadt (both Czech and German); some of the texts were studied with their original music, others were newly orchestrated and some were new compositions. Some of the participants even translated the texts anew, to fit the new music, in Hebrew or in English. The work and the new musical versions were directed by the composer, pianist and orchestrator Rafi Kadishson. In parallel the vocalists worked in their field with the singer Michal Shamir who has much experience with cabaret music and stage-work with the stage manager Julia Pevzner. This kind of work enabled the participants of the workshop and the vocalists to cooperate at the new works, supporting one another in the process.
The result of this seminar was presented at a concert staged at the Felicia Blumenthal hall in Tel Aviv, put at our disposal thanks to Abigail Arnheim and the local staff. The performance and all the rehearsals were accompanied virtuously by the pianist Adi Deutsch. In the coming weeks the performance will be worked on some more - it is planned to stage it a number of times during the
Nir Cohen, seminar director, August 2011
Aug 5th 2011 - final show
“History, Music and Memory”
In Memory of Music in Ghetto Theresienstadt
July 31 – August 5, 2011
Beit Theresienstadt, Kibbutz Givat Haim Ihud
"Cabaret in Theresienstadt“
Our annual seminar will take place, for the 11th time now, dealing with cabaret written and performed by outstanding artists in the ghetto.
The participants will take part in a singular project of writing and performing a new cabaret piece combining cabaret fragments from ghetto performances with music and arrangement created especially by the composer’s class during the seminar.
At the seminar, which is to be held at Beit Theresienstadt, kibbutz Givat Haim Ihud during a week of intensive work, there will be three parallel classes:
The vocalist’s class, under the singer Michal Shamir;
the acting class, led by stage director Julia Pevsner;
the composition and arrangement class led by the composer Rafi Kadishson
At the conclusion of the seminar there will be a performance presenting the week’s work.