Choreography and Libretto by Fanchon Shur with Music by Bonia Shur
The ancient biblical story of the binding of Isaac is told through a chant based on the High Holiday trope. The new legend is presented through dance and dramatic monologue revealing Sarah’s insights and prophetic visions never written down by our forebearers.
Both the ancient myth and the new legend dialogue with each other and in the end the audience accompanies the dialogue with a communal chant.
“This dance drama is my fierce answer to the horrendous story of Abraham taking his son Isaac to Mt. Horev as a sacrificial offering to the God, the “King”, the “He.”
We are drawn into Sarah’s redefining of power as she goes through the grueling process of doubts into a climactic decision: she is going to stop Abraham!
Sarah perceives herself as the Angel of God who tells Abraham (in the original story), “Do not touch the boy.”
She herself confronts a God who would dare ask Abraham to sacrifice her son with out asking her, the mother. It is she who stops Abraham as he raises the knife to kill his son. It is Sarah, with her drum and celebrational chant, joined by Bonia’s beautiful melody and guitar which brings the audience into the final rousing chant “Ha malach shel Elohim, hee isha” - The Angel of God is a Woman.” - Fanchon Shur