Salon talk on Passover

Theme day at Villa Seligmann

Salon discussion on freedom as an identity-forming concept

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Laura Berman, Director of the Hanover State Opera
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Schorsch, University of Potsdam
Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, Villa Seligmann

On the 6th day of the Jewish Passover festival, which celebrates the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt, Villa Seligmann will host a themed day, which will be introduced with an artistic-discursive examination of the theme of freedom as an identity-forming concept in the Jewish mentality.

To kick off the theme day, the Director of Villa Seligmann, Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, invites you to a salon discussion with Laura Berman, Director of the Hanover State Opera, and Dr. Jonathan Schorsch, Professor of Jewish Religious and Intellectual History in Potsdam, at Villa Seligmann. The conversation will discuss the significance of Passover for the Jewish self-image and the associated narrative of liberation from an artistic, philosophical and personal perspective. The figure of the prophet Moses is embedded in this context.

Following the salon talk, the Austrian bass-baritone Rupert Bergmann will evoke DIE BERUFUNG DES MOSES with a staged concert performance. and presents, among other things, the German premiere of the work of the same name by composer Tzveta Dimitrova, who also plays the piano part in this concert.

Portrait of Laura Berman
Image source: Hanover State Opera

Laura Berman was born in Boston and completed her musical training at the famous Juilliard School in New York. This was followed by studies in music and opera direction in Princeton and Bloomington, Indiana. Berman then founded a collective for experimental music theater in Germany and worked as deputy director and dramaturge at Theater Münster and Staatstheater Darmstadt. This was followed by engagements as senior music dramaturge at the Theater Freiburg and as artistic director at the Bregenz Festival. As a freelance dramaturge, Berman has worked for the Wiener Festwochen, the Bavarian State Opera and the Zurich Ballet, among others. After a position as opera director at Theater Basel, Laura Berman has been artistic director of the Hanover State Opera since the 2019/20 season.


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Prof. Dr. Jonathan Schorsch grew up in New York and currently lives in Berlin. After completing his doctorate, Schorsch was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University and San Francisco State University and then worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Jonathan Schorsch has been teaching and researching as Professor of Jewish Religious and Intellectual History at the University of Potsdam since 2015. His research interests include Sephardic history and culture in the early modern period, visual art, Jewish studies and ecology. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Schorsch is also the founder and director of the Jewish Activism Summer School and the Green Sabbath Project and, in addition to his academic career, also works as a visual artist and musician.

Admission: 10 euros in the salon (standard price with free choice of seats).
Holders of tickets for DIE BERUFUNG DES MOSES have free admission.
Admission is from 30 minutes before the start of the event.

With the kind support of the Bürgerstiftung Hannover:
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