Miriam's Well Berkeley - 2010
An Interfaith Performance of Sacred Dance, Music & Poetry
A diverse group of world renowned artists perform a prayer for peace and the healing of the Oceans and waters of the planet. Soaring visual experience of dance accompanied by emotionally charged live music.
Two opportunities to take part in this amazing ritual performance- at the magnificent Grace Cathedral of San Francisco, and at the Julia Morgan Theater of Berkeley.
"Miriam's Well tells a story that unites us in our common humanity and divinity. A stunning devotional offering through dance!" -Conscious Dancer Magazine
"Peretz has synthesized a myriad of styles, from many shades of modern dance to the most ritual-infused Sufi movement, with passion, craft, and vision to achieve stellar results." Michael Smolens, Senior Composer
Interweaving dance, live music, poetry and sacred text; the stories of three visionary women gather communal waters from the universal well. The stories of Mary, Maryam, and Miriam from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions illumine the commonality and interconnectedness of these three traditions through a shared story and archetype. Drawing on traditional expressive arts and ritual, contemporary theater and dance technique, emotionally engaging the audience in a rich image of a shared heritage.
in collaboration with,
The Qadim Ensemble, Mystical Music of the Near East
Eliyahu Sills, Rachel Valfer, Faisal Zedan
Vocalist/Songwriters, Bon Singer, Evelie Delfino Sales Posch
Pezhham Akhavass, Master Percussionist
Lana Nasser, Spoken Word Artist
Aliah Najmabadi, Kristen Sague, Jade Raybin, Roz Samimi, Emelie Coleman, Hannah Romanowsky & Miriam Peretz
Original compositions by,
Rachel Valfer, Bon Singer, Dan Cantrell
Carla DeSola, Lua Hightower, Evelie Delfino Sales Posch
The title Miriam's Well is inspired by a midrash (biblical myth) that describes a well that followed the ancient Israelites throughout their forty years of wandering in the desert. In many cultures worldwide, the well symbolizes sustaining nurturance and existential truth. Water is also an important symbol of life as it is a human necessity, its abundance a blessing in every tradition. Just as wars have been fought over access to water, peaceful alliances have also been created. Water is the common ground that can bring us all together. The scarcity of water in the Middle-East poses a serious crisis, potentially even more dangerous than the religious and territorial conflicts. Without peace the well will soon run dry. This work endeavors to create a safe space where artists from different faith traditions can come together to share and create inclusive sacred ritual that can have resonance for people of all backgrounds.
"A brave and beautiful new work at a significant time." Carmen Carnes, Senior Editor VoiceofDance.com
"Prayer in theater, theater as prayer, a beautiful and inspired evening of music, dance, deep attunement, and ecstatic love for the divine source of all life." -Hilal Sala of the Mevlevi Sufi Order
"Miriam's Well is a highly visceral and visually engaging dance and music performance created by acclaimed Berkeley dancer and choreographer Miriam Peretz."- David Templeton, Senior Editor - The Bohemian
2640 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
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