Utopia and Dystopia in Yiddish Culture: A Performance-Screening and Conversation

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

6:30 pm

1201: Elebash Recital Hall

Open to the Public

Photo of musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin, along with a film still from The City Without Jews
Admission Price

Free; Reservations Required


In an innovative blend of live music and cinema, renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated silent-film pianist Donald Sosin perform their original compositions to selections from three Yiddish feature films: The Ancient Law (1923), The City Without Jews (1924)and The Man Without a World (1991). The performance-screening prompts a discussion on themes of utopia and dystopia running through Yiddish art and culture, featuring Zoe Beloff, associate professor of media studies at Queens College; Debra Caplan, associate professor of theatre at Baruch College; and Elyse Singer, doctoral candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance. To be followed by a reception with artist Yevgeniy Fiks in the James Gallery, where the “Modern-ish” exhibit is on display.

Made possible with funds from the Elebash Global Voices Fund and the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts. Presented with the Film Studies Certificate Program and the Cinema Studies Group, in conjunction with the James Gallery exhibit “Modern-ish: Yonia Fain and the 20th-Century Art History of Yiddishland.”

Please contact Jimmy Cok at jcok@gc.cuny.edu in advance for CART services or any additional accessibility requests or concerns for in-person events.