Proudly supported by Trafalgar and District Community. In Yiddish mythology dybbuks are the unresolved souls who seek to find form through living bodies. Dybbuks is a new work from Chamber Made, conceived and directed by Samara Hersch, that evokes the many ways that the dead inhabit female bodies through language, voice, memory and desire.

Dybbuks is a contemporary theatre and music work created by Samara Hersch and collaborators including composer Max Lyandvert and designer Paul Jackson, together with performers, a local Yiddish choir of inter-generational women and four female musicians.

Part performance, part concert, part exorcism, Dybbuks combines mythic stories, traditional Yiddish songs with contemporary composition to present a feminist reimagining of S. Ansky’s iconic Dybbuk story.



Concept and Direction: Samara Hersch

Composition and Sound Design: Max Lyandvert

Sound Dramaturgy: Tamara Saulwick

Lighting and Set Design and Project Dramaturgy: Paul Jackson

Costume Designer: Shio Otani

Artistis Associate: Cathy Hunt

Performers: Lauren Langlois and Yoni Prior

Musicians: Jenny Barnes (vocals), Carolyn Schofield (Electronics), Lizzy Welsh (Violin) and Aviva Endean (Clarinet)

Choir Leader: Tomi Kalinski

Choir: Mary Appel, Sandra Chester, Anna Epstein, Marcia Jacobs, Romi Kupfer, Kathy Laster, Rachel Petchesky, Ruth Wein

Production Manager: John Byrne

Stage Manager: Vivienne Poznanski

Sound Operator: Steph O’Hara

Supported by: Besen Family Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy, Kadimah

© Photography by Pia Johnson