Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken

Eitan & Etty: Chamber operas,

Music-Theater, Installations

Incantation

Music-Video work (2020)

Etty BenZaken: Script, directing, design, fabric art-work.

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Premiere: December 2020 "Israel Music Fest" and "Poem Balev" concert series, as part of Modalius' "Whole World" project | Conductor: Eitan Steinberg | Voice & performance: Etty BenZaken | Instrumentalists: Modalius Ensemble | Video Photography: Oryan Edelenyi, Jonathan Ben-Shabetai, Yoav Ben-Shabetai | Stills photography: Dima Valershtein | Video Editing: Yaara Nirel

"Whole World" trailer, with excerpt from "Incantation" >>

Search Expedition 220

Chamber Opera (60 min., 2019)

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, stage design, fabric art-works.

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. 

The full show on Youtube >> 

Amulet for The Widening of The Heart

Installation (2015)

Eitan Steinberg: Music and sound design.

Etty BenZaken: Fabric art-works.

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.  

Video excerpt 1 (Beit HaGefen Gallery, Haifa) >>

Video excerpt 2 (Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem) >>

The Fool

Music-Theater for a singer-actress, viola and percussion

(Chamber version of "The Fool who Loved Singing", 30 min., 2007)

Eitan Steinberg: Music. 

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, stage design, text.

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

The Fool Who Loved Singing

Music-Theater for a singer-actress, a dancer, narrator & ensemble (30 min., 2006)

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, stage design, text. 

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 Aviam | Lighting design: Judy Kupferman

Video excerpt >>

Stabat Mater - A Human Prayer

Music-Theater for singer-actress, string quartet & 2 percussion players (30 min., 2004)

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, stage design, fabric art-work, text (alongside folk and traditional texts.

Commission and premier: the Voice of Music Festival in Upper Galilee, Israel, 2004 | Additional support: the Jehoshua Rabinowitz Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts | Performers: Etty BenZaken and the Israeli Contemporary Quartet, Aug. 2004 | Costumes: Margalit BenZaken | Arabic translation: Gasan Jammal | Lighting design: Hanni Vardi | American premier: Durham, North Carolina, March 2006, by Etty BenZaken and ensemble Mallarme | European premier: Lisbon, Portugal, October 2007, by Etty BenZaken and Ensemble Orchestrautopica.

Video excerpt 1 >>

Video excerpt 2 >>

The Sultan is Pregnant

Music-Theater for a singer-actress and ensemble (30 min., 2002)

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, stage design, text.

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 BenZaken | Arabic translation: Gasan Jammal | Lighting design: Uri Rubinstein | American premiere: Boston, USA, 2004, by Etty BenZaken and Boston Musica Viva, conductor: Richard Pittman.

Video excerpt 1 >>

Video excerpt 2 >>

Princess of Five Faces

Music-Theater for a singer-actress and ensemble (30 min., 1995)

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, stage design, masks, text (inspired by "Dictionary of the Khazars" by Milorad Pavic).

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 BenZaken | Assistant director: Sigal Fishtein | Lighting design: Felice Ross.

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