Eitan Steinberg & Etty BenZaken

Eitan & Etty: Chamber operas,

Music-Theater, Installations

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Chamber Opera for 6 vocalists and ensemble,

50 min., 2019 

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, Stage design, Fabric artworks.

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

Installation, 2015

Eitan Steinberg: Original music and sound design.

Etty BenZaken: Visual design, 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.  

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Naturale

Visual-Theater scene or one actress, to accompany Luciano Berio's live performance of "Naturale",

20 min., 2007

Etty BenZaken: Stage design, stage directing, mask. 

Music by Luciano Berio.
Premier: Musiktriennale in Koln, Germany 
| ​Performers: Etty BenZaken, Kim Kashkashian (viola), Robyn Schulkovsky (percussion) | ​Costumes: Barak Aviam.

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 design, Stage directing, Text (English, Hebrew).  

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 and 7 instruments.

30 min., 2006

Eitan Steinberg: Music.
Etty BenZaken: Stage design, Stage directing, Text (English, Hebrew).  
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

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Stabat Mater - A Human Prayer

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

30 min., 2004

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage design, stage directing and fabric collage.  
Text: Etty BenZaken, alongside folk and traditional texts (English, Arabic, Hebrew, Ladino, Latin)

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.

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The Sultan is Pregnant

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

30 min., 2002

Eitan Steinberg: Music.
Etty BenZaken: Stage design, Stage directing, Text (English, Hebrew, Arabic)  

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.

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Princess of Five Faces

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

30 min., 1995

Eitan Steinberg: Music.

Etty BenZaken: Stage design, Stage directing, Masks.

Text by Etty BenZaken (English, Hebrew) 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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Works created for Jewish and Arab theater students:
The Merry Fishermen's Island

Bilingual Children Play, in Hebrew and Arabic. 

55 min., 2012

Etty BenZaken: Text, Stage directing, Stage design, Costume design, fabric collages.
Eitan Steinberg: Music 

Production of the Theater Department at the University of Haifa, Israel | Premier: University of Haifa, May 2012 | Additional 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 Stein | Dramaturgy: Dorit Yerushalmi | Lighting design: Uri Rubinstein.

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Fabrics Stories

Multi-lingual Music-Theater for 16 actors.

60 min., 2011
Etty BenZaken: Stage directing, Stage design. 

Text by Etty BenZaken, based on folk tales.
Eitan Steinberg: Music guidance. 
Production of the Theater Department at the University of Haifa, Israel
| Premier: University of Haifa, May 2011 | Additional 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; Libi Sokolova; Reut Tzoref; Shaden Kanbura; Efrat Karni; Reshit Teena-Amar | Dramaturgy: Dorit Yerushalmi | Costume design: Etty BenZaken & Dana Palmon | Lighting design: Uri Rubinstein

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