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Book on teaching Purimspiel published

Yana Yanover posted this to the Jewish-Music mailing list:

Klezfest in Ukraine, 2005, was dedicated to studying the Jewish folk musical theatre of Purimshpil, as well as to further work on the modern professional skill and creativity of the participants.

A book "Purimshpil. Scenario for work at Klezfest in Ukraine, 2005" (Kiev: The Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine. Jewish Music Department, 2005) was published for the event. The book has been prepared using Moisey Beregovsky's materials from his "Jewish folk musical theatrical performances" (Kiev, Institute of Judaic Library, Publisher "Duh I Litera", 2001). The book was released for the use of musicians and teachers in concert work and education.

The Purimshpil was directed by Alina Ivakh, scenario composed by Eugenia Lopatnik, music by Polina Shepherd and traditional.

We really hope that the further work on Purimshpil will lead us to the revival of Jewish professional traveling theater in Western Europe.

On klezmer.com.ua/events/info10_1.php you can read more about Purimshpil in August, 2005 and listen some musical examples.

Yana Yanover, Director, Klezfest in Ukraine, 2000-2005


A note regarding Purimshpil at KlezFest in Kiev2005.Two of the focuses on interest in Yiddish music and culture have been 1)continuing research in folklore,with special interest in the best collected during the past 50 years by Beregovsky and others and 2)making the rich treasury of klezmer music available for performance by contemporary musicians in Ukraine, Russia, and byelarus,Moldava etc.
The Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine has concetnrated on supporting the latter thru funding of KLezFest in Petersburg and in Kiev.
This year's creation of a contemporary version of a Beregovsky collected classic Purimshpil is a magnificent merging of these two important trends.
Congratulations to Yana Yanover and the Purimshipil project. Let us hope it spreads.
Martin Horwitz, Director JCDF,a project of American Jewish World Service www.ajws.org/jcdf

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