European Day of Jewish Culture in Italy. Stories of the Ghetto of Venice

Venice – On the occasion of the 19th European Day of Jewish Culture in Italy, which will take place on Sunday 14th October, the Jewish Museum of Venice proposes, in collaboration with various cultural and institutional realities, a rich programme. “This year’s theme is Storytelling – says Michela Zanon, Coopculture Director of the Museum – and we will tell you in various forms the story of our ghetto and the personalities who have passed through it”.

As Eli Wiesel writes “when a Jew doesn’t have an answer to give, he always has a story to tell”. Tell me a story by Paola Rossi, a production CoopCulture / La Piccionaia Centro di Produzione Teatrale is a silent play performance that will involve with the use of radio guides, groups of 30 people at a time, in a continuous cycle, in an active and immersive listening experience lasting 15 minutes. The same initiative will also take place in the Jewish Museums, always
conducted by CoopCulture, from Florence, Siena and Padua. A narrating voice leads the group of participants, questions them, tells short stories, proposes to them to make gestures, in a delicate plot in which everyone is free to respond in their own way. The game is lightly on the horizon of the great themes of the narrative: time and generations, memory and nostalgia, desire and defeat, identity and relationship.
More generally, the Silent Play project promotes the experimentation of new languages outside the theatre as interactive site specific performances.
At 18.00 “Amen Amin Aman” – Jewish songs from antiquity to the present day, from the Middle East between West and East. A narration of the poetic journey of the Jewish tradition through the sung word and the spoken word. Delilah Gutman, voice; Rephael Negri, violin in concert in the Italian Synagogue in the Ghetto Novo. Amen, which translates “in truth”, is connected to the verb “àmàn”, to educate, and shares with the Hebrew words “Omanut”, Art, and “Emunà”, Faith, a common origin, as if to testify that the Arts can manifest faith through the investigation of the True.
“Amen Amin Aman” welcomes the viewer whispering emotions in the infinite reading of the deepest meaning of Amen, with Hebrew songs chosen from the most diverse traditions, from psalms to cantigas, through a multitude of languages. The spoken word accompanies the sung word in leading the viewer to listen and understand what the text tells. Disinterested in the definitions of genre (new music? klezmer? crossover?), the songs tell of an identity in relation to places
in which she lives and with her individual and collective history.
The Museum also hosts the exhibition Snapshots from the garden of Eden by Canadian photographer Dina Goldstein, an artist who has long established herself internationally through her narration of irreverent and ironic images.

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