Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken

Etty BenZaken: 

Books, Theater works, Art works, Sound works and more

 
Books
The Box of Voices

Asseys of a Multi-disciplniary artist

תיבת הקולות

מסות של אמנית רב-תחומית

2019

Hakibbutz Hameuchad Ltd.

Hebrew readers can read an excerpt at the publishers' website >>

What's Written Above
מה שכתוב למעלה

2004

Sifriyat Poalim – Hakibbutz Hameuchad Ltd.

"A spectacular novel... A rare story-telling abundance... One of the most beautiful Israeli novels of 2004." Yedi'ot Aharonot

Hebrew readers can read the book online >>

The Empress Card
בואי, נשמתי, שמעי את הסיפור על קלף הקיסרית

1998

Sifriyat Poalim – Hakibbutz Hameuchad Ltd.

"A unique, special novel... Ben-Zaken conveys emotions in an intense, powerful way." Yedi'ot Aharonot

Hebrew readers can read the book online >>

 
Theater (directing, design, texts)

Search Expedition 220

2019

Chamber-Opera

With Etty BenZaken's stage directing, stage design, fabric art works, and editing of the multi-lingual text.

The Merry Fishermen's Island

2012

Children play (Hebrew and Arabic, 55 min.)

With Etty BenZaken's text, stage directing, stage and costume design and props.

Fabrics' Stories

2011

Music-Theater (Hebrew and Arabic, 60 min.)

With Etty BenZaken's text (based on folk tales), stage directing, stage design, large-scale quilt and props.

Naturale

2007

Visual theater scene for one actress.

Etty BenZaken's stage design, stage directing and masks.

The Fool

2007

Music-Theater for a singer-actress, viola and percussion (English, 30 min.)

With Etth BenZaken's text, stage directing and stage design.

Music: Eitan Steinberg

The Fool who Loved Singing

2006

Music-Theater for a singer-actress, a dancer, narrator and 7 instruments (Hebrew & English, 30 min.)

With Etty BenZaken's text, stage directing and stage design.

Music: Eitan Steinberg

Stabat Mater - a Human Prayer

2004

Music-Theater for singer-actress, string quartet and a sound track (English, Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino, Latin, 30 min.)

With Etty BenZaken's text, stage design, stage directing and large-scale quilt.

Music: Eitan Steinberg

The Sultan is Pregnant

2002

תיאטרון-מוסיקה לזמרת-שחקנית ו-7 נגנים (אנגלית, עברית, ערבית, 30 דקות)

אתי בן-זקן: טקסט, בימוי, עיצוב במה, בובה ואביזרים

מוסיקה: איתן שטיינברג

Princess of Five Faces

1995

Music-Theater for a singer-actress and 7 instruments (Hebrew, English, 30 min.)

With Etty BenZaken's text (inspired by "Dictionary of the Khazars" by Milorad Pavic)
Stage design, stage directing masks and props.

Music: Eitan Steinberg

 
Visual art works (selection)

Search Expedition 220 

2019

BenZaken's large-scale fabric art work for the chamber opera she directed, with music by Eitan Steinberg. 6x4 meters, silk and cotton.

Amulet for the Widening

of the Heart

2015

BenZaken's 5 large-scale fabric art works. Each one is 3.1x1 meters, double-sided, silk.

Fabrics' Stories

2011

BenZaken's Large-scale fabric art work for her Music-Theater show.
4x4 meters, silk and cotton.

Tarot card no. 21

2004

BenZaken's miniature painting for the cover of her second novel, "What's written above".

17x17 cm., acrylic on paper.

Stabat Mater – a Human Prayer

2004

BenZaken's large-scale fabric art work for her Music-Theater show.

6x3.5 meters, silk and cotton.

Tarot card no. 17

2001

BenZaken's miniature painting for the cover of Eitan Steinberg's CD, "Eitan Steinberg – Chamber Works".

13x13 cm., acrylic on paper.

Tarot card no. 3

1998

BenZaken's miniature painting for the cover of her first novel, "The Empress Card".

7.5x12.5 cm., acrylic on paper.

Tarot card no. 6

1998

BenZaken's miniature painting for the cover of her Ladino CD on New Albion Records.

13x13 cm., acrylic on paper.

 
Vocal works, Sound works (selection)

2020 - Mark After Mark

Sound installation (30 minutes) in a dialogue with art works by artist Gary Goldstein, accompaning his exhibution at Neve Schechter Art Gallery, Tel Aviv.

Excerpt on Youtube >>

2019 - Vocal sound work

Sound installation (32 minutes) in a dialogue with art works by artist Adva Drori, accompaning her art exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Kiryat-Tivon.

2016 - The Tub​

BenZaken's vocal work for voice and soundtrack (4 minutes)

Text: Ronit Matalon.

Listen on Youtube >>

2016 - A Tale Of A Man Who Is Searching For Place

For voice, soundtrack and audience (4 minutes)

Text: fragments by S.Y. Agnon, alongside "The traveler song" (lyrics: David Shimoni, folk melody).

Commissioned by "Israeli Spring" Festival, Hasimta Theater, Tel-Aviv

2016 - Lovers' Talk

For voice and soundtrack (4 minutes)

Text: fragments from stories by S.Y. Agnon, alongside "A Love Song" (lyrics: I. Manger, folk melody).

Commissioned by "Israeli Spring" Festival, Hasimta Theater, Tel-Aviv

2016 - From Apartment To Apartment​

For voice and soundtrack (20 minutes)

Text: story by S.Y. Agnon.

Commissioned by "Israeli Spring" Festival, Hasimta Theater, Tel-Aviv

2015 - The Queen Came to the King

Sound installation for an art exhibition by artist Adva Drori.
Premiered at Zadik gallery, Jaffa.

Excerpt on Youtube >>

2015 - Bettering a Dream הטבת חלום

Vocal work for voice, tape, and audience (5 minutes)

Text: Etty BenZaken, alongside text from the Talmud
Commissioned by The Israeli Women Composers Forum.

The piece on Youtube >>

2014 - Working Wonders

For voice and tape, with text from Exodus 15, Song of the Sea.

The piece on Youtube >>

2009 - Name

Soundtrack for a video-art work by Inga Fonar Cocos.
Commissioned by the Poland-Israel exhibition, Artists House, Tel Aviv.

Excerpt on Youtube (earphones recommended) >>

2008 - From One Place To Another

Voice installation

Text: fragments from S.Y. Agnon works

For the new opening of Agnon's House, Jerusalem.

2007 - A Scroll From A Pre-Writing Era

For voice and soundtrack.

Text: Hadassa Tal

2007 - A Poem From an Unimagined Voyage

For voice and soundtrack,
Text: Riki Daskal, alongside Yiddish folksong.

The piece on Youtube >>

2006-2015 - Ester - a series of short pieces for two vocalists

Text-Sound works, co-created and co-performed by Etty BenZaken and Anat Pick,

Texts by John Cage, Vito Acconchi and others, and original texts by Anat Pick and Etty BenZaken.

"Ester 1" on Youtube >>

"Ester 2" on Youtube >>

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Lectures (selection)
Princesses by the Crib

Lectures about The Ladino folk songs, folk culture and language

Etty Ben-Zaken speaks about the Judeo-Spanish various folk songs genres, about the female voice and the use of charms, about the Ladino language and the way it was preserved by Judeo-Spanish women.

The Voice

A series of 6 lectures about vocal music

Etty Ben-Zaken speaks about the voice as a music instrument. Using DVDs and live examples, BenZaken demonstrates the various vocal techniques used in ethnic, popular, classical and contemporary music.

Folk Children Songs as an inter-cultural bridge

Lecture - workshop

Etty Ben-Zaken guides this lecture-workshop for multi-cultural and inter-cultural groups. She has conducted the workshop to Jewish and Arab students in the DEpartment of Theater, University of Haifa; to Jewish and Arab students in the program "Journey to the Other's Culture" in Hadassa College, Jerusalem; and to theater students at the Tel Aviv University.

Old Nigun in a New World

A series of 6 lectures about ethnic music

Etty Ben-Zaken speaks about ethnic music in Israel and abroad: the way it was preserved, its role in folk rituals and its revival as 'world music.' The lectures are accompanied by DVDs and by Etty's live demonstrations.

Gods, Fairies, Saints, and Internet 

A series of 7 lectures about folktales

Etty Ben-Zaken speaks about folktales, their role in culture, and the way they still play it, though in new media. The series is accompanied by films' excerpts and many folktales performed by BenZaken.

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Articles

Expected​

מסע אישי עם תיאטרון-מוסיקה

A Personal Journey With Music-Theater

Expected in the 4th volume of Peimot - Israeli journal of Music.

Expected

הקול הנוכח בכל - עיון בשלושה פרגמנטים של פרפורמנס קולי עממי בפי נשים יהודיות-ספרדיות

The Voice That is ever Present - A Study of Three fragments of Judeo-Spanish Women's Vocal Performance

Expected as part of a book in honor of Prof. Haya Bar-Yitzhak, the University of Haifa.

2017

בעלה של הדרבוקה נסע למכה

"The Drum's Husband Went to Mecca: Children's Folk Songs as Intercultural Bridges" in Dappim Research in Literature, Vered Lev Kenaan, editor, Volume 20, 2017, Haifa: Department of Hebrew and comperative literature, University of Haifa, pp. 277-292. 

Online access (Hebrew) via JSTORE >> 

2014

עתיק ועכשווי, עממי ואישי -  סקירה כרונולוגית של הדיאלוג בין חומרים עממיים לבין יצירה עכשווית, ביצירה המשותפת של איתן שטיינברג ואתי בן-זקן

"Old and Contemporary, Folk and Personal - a Chronological Survey of the Dialogue between Folk Materials and Contemporary Works in Eitan Steinberg and Etty BenZaken's Collaborations" in Music and Dance in Time, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel, 2014, pp.41-50.

English version online, pp 41-50 >>

Published alongside Eitan Steinberg's article "Rustles And Whispers From The Past - A Reflection on Inspiration From Folk Materials in "Stabat Mater - A Human Prayer" and "Rava Deravin".

English version online, pp. 51-57 >>

2012

יהודי תורכיה

"Turkey, Jews of", in Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions, Raphael Patai, founding editor, Haya Bar-Itzhak, editor (New York: M.E. Sharpe Inc.) 2012.

2009

כוחו של סיפור 

"The Power of A Tale - A Survey on The Jubilee Book of Israel Folktales Achive" in Yeda Am - Journal of The Israel Folklore Society, volume XXXIV-XXXV 2009 no. 69-70, pp. 161-166

 

 

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