Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken

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2019

Chamber Opera for 6 vocalists and ensemble  

Music: Eitan Steinberg

Stage directing, stage design, fabric artworks: Etty BenZaken

Text: multi-lingual fragments edited by Etty BenZaken

 

Premier: Israel Music Fest, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2019 | Conductor: Eitan Steinberg | Singers-Actresses: Etty BenZaken and Alma Vocal Ensemble | Instrumentalists: Modalius Ensemble | Lighting Design: Uri Rubinstein | Amplification: Amit Pais | Assistant-director: Ehud Vardi

Amulet for the Widening of the Heart

2015

Installation

 

Original music and sound design: Eitan Steinberg

Visual design and quilts: Etty BenZaken

 

Commission and support: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Polonskyfamily | Premier: as part of the exhibition "What is Memory? 70 Years Later" at the Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2015 | Lighting design: Uri Rubinstein | Recording engineer: Rafi Eshel  

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Naturale

2007

Visual theater scene for one actress, to accompany the music performance of Luciano Berio's "Naturale" for viola and percussion.

No text, 20 min.

 

Stage design, stage directing, mask: Etty BenZaken

Music by Luciano Berio


Premier: Musiktriennale in Koln, Germany ​Performers: Etty BenZaken, Kim Kashkashian (viola) and Robyn Schulkovsky (percussion) ​Costumes: Barak Aviam

The Fool

2007

Music-Theater for a singer-actress, viola and percussion (chamber version of The Fool who Loved Singing).

English, 30 min.

 

Music: Eitan Steinberg
Text, stage design, stage directing: Etty BenZaken

 

Premiere: Musiktriennale, Koln, Germany, 2007Performers: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress), Kim Kashkashian (viola), Robyn Schulkovsky (percussion) Recording: WDR Costumes: Barak Aviam

The Fool who Loved Singing

2006

Music-Theater for a singer-actress, a dancer, narrator and 7 instruments.

Hebrew & English, 30 min.

 

Music: Eitan Steinberg
Text, stage design, stage directing: Etty BenZaken


Commission and premiere: the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, 2006 Performers: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress) Anat Shamgar (dancer), Josef Sprinzak (sound-text artist), Michael Melzer, Yael Melzer (recorder players), Galia Hai (viola), Chagit Glazer (cello), Oded Shoub (guitar),  Alon Sariel (mandolin), Amnon Yoel (percussion)Costumes: Barak AviamLighting design: Judy Kupferman

 

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Stabat Mater - a Human Prayer

2004

Music-Theater for singer-actress, string quartet and a sound track.

English, Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino, Latin, 30 min.

 

Music: Eitan Steinberg
Text: Etty BenZaken, alongside folk and traditional texts

Stage design, stage directing and fabric collage: Etty BenZaken

 

Commission and premier: the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, 2004Additional support: the Jehoshua Rabinowitz Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts Performers: Etty BenZaken and the Israeli Contemporary Quartet, Aug. 2004Costumes: Margalit BenZakenArabic translation: Gasan JammalLighting design: Hanni Vardi

US premier performers: Durham, , North Carolina, March 2006Performers: Etty BenZaken and ensemble Mallarme

European premier: Lisbon, Portugal, October 2007Performers: Etty BenZaken and Ensemble Orchestrautopica

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The Sultan is Pregnant

2002

Music-Theater for a singer-actress and 7 instruments.

English, Hebrew, Arabic, 30 min.

 

Music: Eitan Steinberg
Text, stage design, stage directing: Etty BenZaken

 

Commission and premier: the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee,2002 Performers: Etty BenZaken and the festival's ensemble, conductor: Eitan Steinberg | Costumes: Margalit BenZakenArabic translation: Gasan JammalLighting design: Uri Rubinstein

American premiere: Boston, USA, 2004 Performers: Etty BenZaken and ensemble Boston Musica Viva, conductor: Richard Pittman

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Princess of Five Faces

1995

Music-Theater for a singer-actress and 7 instruments.

Hebrew, English, 30 min.

 

Music: Eitan Steinberg

Text: Etty BenZaken, inspired by "Dictionary of the Khazars" by Milorad Pavic

Stage design, stage directing and masks: Etty BenZaken

 

Premier: the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, 1995 Performers: Etty BenZaken (singer-actress), Eyal Lerner (recorders), Shmuel Katz (violin), Avri Levitan (viola), Yagi Malka (cello), Danny Akiva (guitar), Chen Cimbalista, Yuval Micenmacher (percussion)Costumes: Margalit BenZakenAssistant director: Sigal FishteinLighting design: Felice Ross

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Works created for Jewish and Arab theater students:

The Merry Fishermen's Island

2012

Bilingual Children Play.

Hebrew and Arabic, 55 min.

 

Text: Etty BenZaken
Stage directing: Etty BenZaken
Stage design, costume design, fabric collages: Etty BenZaken

Music: Eitan Steinberg 

 

Production of the Theater Department at the University of Haifa, Israel | Premier: University of Haifa, May 2012Additional performances: Neve Yosef Festival of Community Theater, Haifa, Israel, 2012 | Performers: University of Haifa's students Alon Cohen; Ehud Vardi; Fidaa Zidan; Yael Yasur; Rachel Grinwald; Hadassa Libeskind; Amir Nakhfawi; Orna SteinDramaturgy: Dorit YerushalmiLighting design: Uri Rubinstein

 

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Fabrics' Stories

2011

Music-Theater for 16 actors.

Hebrew and Arabic, 60 min.

 

Text: Etty BenZaken, based on folk tales
Stage directing, stage design: Etty BenZaken
Musical guidance: Eitan Steinberg


Production of the Theater Department at the University of Haifa, IsraelPremier: University of Haifa, May 2011Additional performances: The Hebrew-Arabic Theater, Jaffa, Israel, 2011; Neve Yosef Festival of Community Theater, Haifa, Israel, 2011; Multi-Cultural Fest at Haifa City Theater, Israel, 2011 | Performers: University of Haifa's students Assil Abu-Warda; Khaula Ibrahim; Henry Andreus; Gili Batat; Alon Golan; Gal Doron; Samaa Wakeem; Ehud Vardi; Morad Hasan; Khulud Tannus; Lama Naamne; LibiSokolova; Reut Tzoref; Shaden Kanbura; Efrat Karni; Reshit Teena-Amar | Dramaturgy: Dorit YerushalmiCostume design: Etty BenZaken & Dana PalmonLighting design: Uri Rubinstein

 

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