Performed at the Aronoff Center, Cincinnati, June 2005.
The title of the dance VIBRANT SOUL, is a translation of the Yiddish “lebedike n’shomah”.
The dance and music are inseparable. The riveting, original music is composed by Bonia Shur for string orchestra. It is driving, rhythmic, climactic, and filled with the vitality of Eastern European Jewish dance.
The choreography has its roots in the passion of the Jewish Wedding. The "badchanit" or Master of Ceremonies, leads the dances, mediates, and eases the relationship tensions. The unifying power of the tribal circle fills the stage with a growing wild exuberance, becoming a rhythmic ecstatic spell for the greater good. The power of the community to heal and to celebrate is revealed through magical dance arguments and resolutions. The tradition of feeding the beggars at Jewish weddings uses rhythm to turn the grotesque into shattering ecstasy, beauty and tenderness as the beggars dance their blessings for the bride and groom.
The movement pulses with the presence of ‘old souls” whose spirit inhabits and takes over the dancers and guides their steps and instills us all with hopefulness.
Fanchon Shur's website: growthinmotion.org