This year's festival theme is "Oy! Romanya! Romanya!" a celebration of Jewish, Yiddish & Romanian connections in dance, music, history & culture.
Featuring special guest artists:
Miamon Miller - violinist, violist, ethnomusicologist & composer.
Isaac Sadigursky - accordion, clarinet --plus stories & lore of his life from Belz to "di Goldene Land" (U.S.A.).
Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion - Romanian & Jewish traditional folk dance.
+Plus our own New Mexiker "Klezmorim un Tantzers":
The Rebbe's Orkestra, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Alavados Ensemble, Rikud Dancers, Di Kavene Kapelye & MORE!!
2/14 Thursday 6:30pm-8:30pm: FREE VIDEO / MOVIE PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION with special guest artist Miamon Miller, composer for the 2012 production of "The Blackbirds of Białystok" performed and presented in that city by the Białystok, Poland puppet theater “Teatr Lalek” in collaboration with the Sandglass Theater of Putney, Vermont.
The play, authored and directed by Eric Bass, centers on three 20th century events that profoundly affected Jewish life in that city: a 1906 pogrom, ghetto existence during the nazi occupation and the ‘zionist’ purge initiated by the communist government in 1968.
Before the presentation Miamon will give an overview of the play, his working relationship with Eric Bass and the 3 weeks spent in Białystok rehearsing the musicians. The video is approximately 75 minutes which will afford time afterwards for questions and discussion. Watch a trailer/ excerpt of the movie on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENCei-BtW4Y&t=28s
2/15 Friday 6:00-9:30pm: DER FREYLEKHER SHABES opening MEGA-event. FREE & open to all (donations always welcome). Attend all or any part of the evening’s celebrations!!
6:00-6:25pm: Children & families Dance workshop with special guest artists Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion.
6:30-7:15pm: A danced heimishe (homey) old-country-style Shabes service with music, dance & prayers led by Nahalat Shalom's Cantor Beth Cohen, Alavados Ensemble & Rikud Dancers.
7:15-8:00pm: Potluck Vegetarian Dinner (if you want to eat bring something without meat to share).
8:00-8:30pm: Brief performances by The Rebbe’s Orkestra and special guest artists Isaac Sadigursky, Miamon Miller, Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion.
8:30-9:15pm: Klezmer music & dancing with The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud dancers & Special Guest Artists.
2/16 Saturday 10am-noon: SHABES KOYDESH SERVICE led by Cantor Beth Cohen & Alavados Ensemble. Service includes Torah service, meditation & kiddush-oneg- dancing encouraged!
2/16 Saturday 7:00-9:30pm (Doors @ 6:30pm): CONCERT & DANCE PARTY featuring guest musicians Miamon Miller, Isaac Sadigursky with special guest Paul Brown on bass and guest dance artists Cristian Florescu & Sonia Dion. +Plus opening act: The Rebbe's Orkestra & a musical greeting at the door by Di Kavene Kapelye!! —& MORE!!
2/17 Sunday 10am-6pm: Four 90-minute "hands-on" workshop sessions in music, dance & culture with special guest artists.
[Session ONE: 10am-11:30am / BREAK for LUNCH OUT: 11:30am-12:45pm / Session TWO: 1:00-2:30pm / Session THREE: 2:45-4:15pm / Session FOUR: 4:30-6:00pm].
All events take place at NAHALAT SHALOM, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, ABQ, NM 87107. For tickets and More Info: 505-343-8227 www.nahalatshalom.org And/or CONTACT Festival Coordinator Beth Cohen: email@example.com