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''The Dybbuk'', or ''Between Two Worlds'' (Yiddish: דער דיבוק אָדער צווישן צוויי וועלטן, ''Der dibuk oder tsvishn tsvey veltn'') is a 1914 play by Russian Jewish playwright Solomon Ansky [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Ansky] (1863-1920), relating the story of a young bride possessed by a dybbuk — a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person — on the eve of her wedding. ''The Dybbuk'' is considered a seminal play in the history of Jewish theatre, and played an important role in the development of Yiddish theatre and theatre in Israel. The play was based on years of research by S. Ansky, who travelled between Jewish shtetls in Russia and Ukraine, documenting folk beliefs and stories of the Hassidic Jews.
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''The Dybbuk'', or ''Between Two Worlds'' (Yiddish: דער דיבוק אָדער צווישן צוויי וועלטן, ''Der dibuk oder tsvishn tsvey veltn'') is a 1914 play by Russian Jewish playwright Solomon Ansky [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Ansky] (1863-1920).
  
 
== The original text ==
 
== The original text ==
Yevgeny Vakhtangov (1823-1922), considered as one of the original teachers of Stanislavsky’s system, directed ''The Dybbuk'', one of his final directorial masterpieces.
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Relating the story of a young bride possessed by a dybbuk — a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person — on the eve of her wedding. ''[[The Dybbuk]]'' is considered a seminal play in the history of Jewish theatre, and played an important role in the development of Yiddish theatre and theatre in Israel. The play was based on years of research by S. Ansky, who travelled between Jewish shtetls in Russia and Ukraine, documenting folk beliefs and stories of the Hassidic Jews.
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Yevgeny Vakhtangov (1823-1922), considered as one of the original teachers of Stanislavsky’s system, directed ''[[The Dybbuk]]'', one of his final directorial masterpieces.
  
 
==Translations and adaptations==
 
==Translations and adaptations==
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Translated into English by Joseph C. Landis.
 
Translated into English by Joseph C. Landis.
  
''The Dybbuk'' has been filmed several times, televised, adapted to opera and ballet, and translated into many languages.
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The play has been filmed several times, televised, adapted to opera and ballet, and translated into many languages.
  
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
''Der Dybuk: a parody''. A well-known Yiddish play, built up round a medieval mysticism. Produced by the Dramatic Section of the Jewish Workers’ Club in 1944 in the [[Library Theatre]], Johannesburg.
 
  
Presented by the [[Little Theatre]] in association with the Kaplan Centre, UCT in March 1984 directed by [[Robin Lake]] and [[Rudy Nadler-Nir]] of the Habimah Theatre, Israel. The large cast included [[Percy Sieff]], [[Bill Curry]], [[Icky Kurgan]], [[Roland Stafford]] and [[David Muller]]. Designer [[Peter Cazalet]], choreographer [[Jasmine Honore]], music director [[Barry Jordan]] and spiritual supervisor Rabbi Jack Steinhorn.
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1944: Performed as ''[[Der Dybuk: a parody]]''. A well-known Yiddish play, built up round a medieval mysticism. Produced by the Dramatic Section of the Jewish Workers’ Club in 1944 in the [[Library Theatre]], Johannesburg.
  
[[The Company]] presented [[Barney Simon]]’s production of ''The Dybbuk'' opening 18 February 1986 at the [[Market Theatre]] directed by [[Barney Simon|Simon]]. Music by [[Ray Perkel|Raymond Perkel]], costume and set design by [[Sarah Roberts]], lighting design by [[Mannie Manim]]. The cast: [[Joe Stewardson]], [[Megan Kruskal]], [[Dawid Minnaar]], [[Babs Laker]], [[Mike Huff]], [[Charles Comyn]], [[Graham Weir]], [[Michael Maxwell]], [[Miriam Munitz]].
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1984: Presented by the [[Little Theatre]] in association with the Kaplan Centre, UCT in March 1984 directed by [[Robin Lake]] and Rudy Nadler-Nir of the Habimah Theatre, Israel. The large cast included [[Percy Sieff]], [[Bill Curry]], [[Icky Kurgan]], [[Roland Stafford]] and [[David Muller]]. Designer [[Peter Cazalet]], choreographer [[Jasmine Honore]], music director [[Barry Jordan]] and spiritual supervisor Rabbi Jack Steinhorn.
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1986: [[The Company]] presented [[Barney Simon]]’s production of ''The Dybbuk'' opening 18 February 1986 at the [[Market Theatre]] directed by [[Barney Simon|Simon]]. Music by [[Ray Perkel|Raymond Perkel]], costume and set design by [[Sarah Roberts]], lighting design by [[Mannie Manim]]. The cast: [[Joe Stewardson]], [[Megan Kruskal]], [[Dawid Minnaar]], [[Babs Laker]], [[Mike Huff]], [[Charles Comyn]], [[Graham Weir]], [[Michael Maxwell]], [[Miriam Munitz]].
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dybbuk
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dybbuk
  

Latest revision as of 08:59, 20 June 2017

The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds (Yiddish: דער דיבוק אָדער צווישן צוויי וועלטן, Der dibuk oder tsvishn tsvey veltn) is a 1914 play by Russian Jewish playwright Solomon Ansky [1] (1863-1920).

The original text

Relating the story of a young bride possessed by a dybbuk — a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person — on the eve of her wedding. The Dybbuk is considered a seminal play in the history of Jewish theatre, and played an important role in the development of Yiddish theatre and theatre in Israel. The play was based on years of research by S. Ansky, who travelled between Jewish shtetls in Russia and Ukraine, documenting folk beliefs and stories of the Hassidic Jews.

Yevgeny Vakhtangov (1823-1922), considered as one of the original teachers of Stanislavsky’s system, directed The Dybbuk, one of his final directorial masterpieces.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English by Joseph C. Landis.

The play has been filmed several times, televised, adapted to opera and ballet, and translated into many languages.

Performance history in South Africa

1944: Performed as Der Dybuk: a parody. A well-known Yiddish play, built up round a medieval mysticism. Produced by the Dramatic Section of the Jewish Workers’ Club in 1944 in the Library Theatre, Johannesburg.

1984: Presented by the Little Theatre in association with the Kaplan Centre, UCT in March 1984 directed by Robin Lake and Rudy Nadler-Nir of the Habimah Theatre, Israel. The large cast included Percy Sieff, Bill Curry, Icky Kurgan, Roland Stafford and David Muller. Designer Peter Cazalet, choreographer Jasmine Honore, music director Barry Jordan and spiritual supervisor Rabbi Jack Steinhorn.

1986: The Company presented Barney Simon’s production of The Dybbuk opening 18 February 1986 at the Market Theatre directed by Simon. Music by Raymond Perkel, costume and set design by Sarah Roberts, lighting design by Mannie Manim. The cast: Joe Stewardson, Megan Kruskal, Dawid Minnaar, Babs Laker, Mike Huff, Charles Comyn, Graham Weir, Michael Maxwell, Miriam Munitz.

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dybbuk

South African Opinion, 1(9), 1944. 20

The Dybbuk programmes 1984, 1986.

Tucker, 1997. 450.

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