Choreographer Inbal Oshman is “one of Israel’s youngest and brightest.” — CultureBuzz (Israel)
New York Baroque Incorporated displays “impeccable musicianship […] studded with stars in the making.” — The New York Times
“M”is the most common sound in the word for “mother” in languages all over the world. In this stunning tribute to motherhood, contemporary dance, set to baroque music, probes its joys and sorrows. While pregnant with her third child, emerging Israeli choreographer Inbal Oshman found inspiration in Pergolesi’s version of Stabat Mater, the 13th-century hymn about Mary’s vigil at the foot of the cross. Oshman’s dance explores the vulnerability and tenderness required of mothers, and the strength and ferocity that come with the territory. She borrows from the mythological mothers of history, including the Mary of Christianity, the dark and violent Hindu goddess Kali and the Four Matriarchs of the Old Testament: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater will be performed live on period instruments by New York Baroque Incorporated, one of the ensembles responsible for “the fast-growing vitality of the early music scene in New York.”
Concerto for Strings, No. 2 in G minor by Francesco Durante Affettuoso
Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Alexander Kasser Theater, Upper Lobby
How are women represented in religion? Join Dr. Dorothy Rogers for an informal conversation on traditional religious representations of women and mothers in comparison with modern perceptions and religious practices.
Dr. Dorothy Rogers is associate professor and chair of the Department of Religion, a member of the Gender Studies program, and coordinator of Jewish American Studies at Montclair State. Courses she teaches include Women & Religion, Feminist Views of Religion, and Religion & Law in America. She is currently working on a book about the first women in academic philosophy in America, 1880-1940.
Inbal Oshman’s dance works find inspiration in diverse cultural sources. Her movement and artistic vision offer a united compound of mythical, historical and cultural elements from different worlds. Oshman creates dance for stage, public spaces and screen. Her pieces are shown and performed in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, India, Portugal, Serbia,Cyprus and other countries. In 2013, Oshman was a resident choreographer at Attakkalari Dance Company, Bangalore,India where she created “M” to Stabat Mater by Pergolesi for the company’s 4 senior dancers. In 2015 she was a resident choreographer in Kyoto Art Center, Japan, where she created the dance film The Cuckoo’s Cry. This film has been shown in a variety of festivals around the world and is part of Ikono TV repertoire. Since 2016 M is performed in Europe with Camerata Geneva. As of January 2016, Oshman is a resident artist in Fest’Factory, Bat-Yam, Israel. During her residency, she has created and performed Homeless Lullaby, a dance piece inspired by lullabies from around the world. Homeless Lullaby will be performed in Dresden, Germany in 2018. Constantly researching theory of the choreographic act, Oshman is also a graduate of the Philosophy and History Department of Tel-Aviv University. Other dance pieces by Oshman: Fitting Room, Yellow Bride, Gradation, Rising Down and Border Lines.
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“This performance, which will bring together four dancers, seven musicians and two opera singers, is the realization of a fantasy of mine. I feel that I’m breaking the glass ceiling of what’s possible for independent choreographers in Israel.”
Programs in Peak Performances’ 2017–18 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Peak Performances gratefully acknowledges the support of Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in bringing Inbal Oshman to the United States. This production is part of Israel’s Dance Fest at 70, honoring the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, sponsored by Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America.