Monday, December 27, 2010

The Dance of Death from "The Dybbuk"

What an awesome clip. The music is wonderful - to me it sounds like another very familiar piece of music, though I can't quite put my finger on it - maybe a mixture of Prokofiev and Saint-Saƫns. The choreography is also amazing - especially the skeleton, who is played by the choreographer herself, Judith Berg.

Apparently, the toytentanz, the dance of death, was a traditional dance at Eastern European Jewish weddings as a sort of memento mori... Similar in purpose to the breaking of the glass...


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