McKinney Theatre, Mission Viejo
Presented by: The Saddleback College International Guest Artist Series
"Neshama, Stories of the Soul" is a love story about the city of Jerusalem, using dance and music to tell her rich history. This full-length multimedia performance uses traditional folk dances as well as Keshet Chaim's signature contemporary style, with original vocal and instrumental music, projections and more than 300 hand-painted silk costumes by Nili Glazer. The story follows Jerusalem from Abraham's first visit after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to her founding by King David in the 10th century BCE, through the erection and destruction of the temples, the Diaspora, her growth through legends and myths, and finally arrives at the birth of the state of Israel. With text from biblical sources, legend and poetry narrated by Frank Sinatra Jr., Neshama is an intensely personal work by Artistic Director Eytan Avisar with Israeli guest choreographers Ilana Cohen, Tsion Marciano and Kobi Rozenfeld, intended to share their vision of Jerusalem with American audiences.