“It's a test of theater itself, the way good work can communicate across the boundaries of darkness and silence.”
- The Guardian, Lyn Gardner
The “Nalaga’at” Deaf-blind Acting Ensemble was founded in order to integrate deaf-blind people into the community, promote their needs and aspirations and provide them with the opportunity to express themselves and exercise one of the most basic rights – to contribute to society. In NOT BY BREAD ALONE, Directed by Adina Tal, eleven deaf-blind actors take the audience on a magical tour in the districts of their inner world; the world of darkness, silence and…bread. As the process of bread making unfolds on stage - the dough is being kneaded, raised and baked “for real” - a unique encounter occurs between actors and audience. Together they re-enact vivid or distant memories, recall forgotten dreams and joyful moments and ‘touch’ the spark of creation present in every one of us. The actors take the spectators into those magical moments between reality and fantasy, between grandeur and ridicule, and always eventually return to the basic meaning of bread as a symbol of our longing for a home. “Not by Bread Alone [man lives]” - the actors declare, repeatedly emphasizing the importance of their interaction with the audience and their need in human relations, which is more crucial to us all than the need for bread.