“Cordelia” Tonight – One Night Only! PWYC for Blog Readers

Here’s a special invitation to join us tonight for a moving and totally innovative, genre-bending performance piece from one of the most dynamic figures on the Australian theatrical scene! Print out this offer, Brave the cold, come to Theater J and Pay What You Wish to come take part in an interactive discussion about this ambitious new work-in-progress.

Tonight, December 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Direct from Melbourne, Australia


Written and performed by Deborah Leiser-Moore
Directed by Meredith Rogers

CORDELIA: MEIN KINDT is a duet for film and live body; a personal exploration of a present-day Cordelia-like character revealed through language and visual imagery. This piece, inspired by Shakespeare’s play King Lear, references its thematic antecedents and entwines them with original interviews on video between a contemporary Cordelia and her father, a Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivor approaching the end of his time on earth.
CORDELIA: MEIN KINDT is an extension of Melbourne based performance artist Deborah Leiser-Moore’s prior work into Jewish identity in Australia, and into the cultural, social and political position of women. The work intersperses film clips of The Yiddish King Lear, the epic production starring Yiddish theatrical giant Jacob Gordon, generally regarded as ushering in the first great era of Yiddish theater.

Following tonight’s 55 minute performance, I’ll be moderating a discussion with the performer/creator, Deborah Leiser-Moore and Lisa Traiger, dance writer for the Washington Post and theater critic for the Washington Jewish Week.

Creator and performer Deborah Leiser-Moore is the artistic director of Tashmadada, a contemporary Australian performance company committed to bringing together arts practitioners, as well as providing a forum for discussion about the arts and exploring performance in a uniquely kinetic style. She has been working in physical contemporary theatre since 1989 and has toured nationally and internationally. Highlights include the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide International Festivals, Toga Festival, Japan, Magdalena Aotearoa Festival in Wellington NZ, Sydney’s Carnivale Festival, Performance Space and Belvoir St. Theatre, Melbourne’s La Mama and Bekkett Theatres, The International Women’s Playwrights Festival in Athens, Greece, and a residency to research theatre in Israel. Her devised solo and collaborative works include The Memory Room, Aqua Azzura and Possessed/Dispossessed (Entr’acte Theatre), a room with no air, HUNGRY, The Cool Room (nominated for a Green Room Award), HazChem!, The Girl Who Wanted to be God (nominated for the Queensland and Victorian Premiers’ Awards), A Thousand Doors A Thousand Windows and Wasted Underground. Deborah has studied in Japan with Tadashi Suzuki, trained in the work of Ettiene Decroux, taught in many universities, presented her work at many conferences and has been the recipient of a number of grants.