Assimilation, Integration, and Conquest: Discussion on the Themes in lost tribes at AJU, March 22, 2018

February 5, 2018


Due to unforeseeable weather conditions, the event has been cancelled. We look forward to sharing more collaborations soon and wish everyone a dry, safe week!


We at AJU are honored to collaborate with Aaron Henne, IJC alum, theater maker and Artistic Director of theater dybbuk, around their most recent production - lost tribes


Inspired by the stories of the lost tribes of Israel, theatre dybbuk presents a full-length theatrical work, rich in movement, original music, and lyrical language that relates ancient mythological and tribal narratives to contemporary questions of integration, appropriation, and belonging.


On March 22, we will present an evening of lost tribes with the Theater, during which Henne will facilitate a conversation with Dr. Aryeh Cohen (AJU), and host a reading of selected parts of the play, which will be followed by an open discussion with the audience. Join us for an evening of thought-provoking exploration of ancient concepts and their relevance to the here and now (7:30pm). 


lost tribes will premiere at LACE (February 24–25), followed by performances at The Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts (March 10), Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena (March 29), and Temple Israel of Hollywood (April 7–8). An additional weekend of performances will take place at The Hive at Leichtag Commons in Encinitas (April 14–15). 


In the early eighth century BCE, the Neo-Assyrian Empire conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel, from whence it has been said that ten of the twelve ancient tribes of Israel were deported and assimilated. These tribes are now lost to history, with a variety of folktales, legends, and theories about their fates having come about since that time. Some are told from the point of view of those who regard themselves as members of a lost tribe, while others are told from an outside perspective in order to make a case for self-serving outcomes.


Framed in the context of a gallery exhibition, lost tribes weaves together stories from the Assyrian conquest to the present day, tracing a world history of assimilation and dominance; of cultural conquest, annihilation, and survival. The performance incorporates choreography by Kai Hazelwood and a live percussion score composed by Michael Skloff, created in collaboration with Emilia Moscoso Borja and Alex Shaw. The production is written and directed by theatre dybbuk's artistic director, Aaron Henne, and was developed with the ensemble.


Tickets available here.



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