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.
Created by Miriam Peretz
In collaboration with:
Qadim Ensemble- Mystical Music of the Near East
Ya Elah - Women's Vocal Ensemble
Pezhham Akhavass - Iranian Master Percussionist
Lana Nasser - Jordanian storyteller
and dancers from the acclaimed Ballet Afsaneh Dance Company
Original compositions by Rachel Valfer, Bon Singer, Dan Cantrell, Carla DeSola, Lua Hightower, and Evelie Delfino Sales Posch.
"A brave and beautiful new work at a significant time."
Carmen Carnes, Senior Editor, VoiceofDance.com
"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
"Miriam's Well tells a story that unites us in our common humanity and divinity. A stunning devotional offering through dance!"
Conscious Dancer Magazine
"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
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