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This short score stages an excerpt from The Dybbuk by S. Ansky (1919). Rather than working from a script, it treats the text as a song. The melody is based on an archival recording by Noyekh Nachbush, who originated the role of Messenger with the Vilna Troupe (1920). Special thanks to Debra Caplan (Baruch College, CUNY) for sharing this material with me.

Project: Judaica
Song: ‘Un Nisn’
Duration: 2:35
Practitioners: Ben Spatz
Venue: Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research
Date: 24 August 2016
Videography: Garth Williams