Between Two Worlds—
The Dybbuk at 100


June 2020–November 2020
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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***Romeo and Juliet meets The Exorcist***
The Dybbuk is a timeless story of star-crossed lovers and spirit possession
with extraordinary emotional and trans-generational appeal.

What is "The Dybbuk at 100"?
The centennial of one of the most influential plays of all time, The Dybbuk, written by S. An-sky over 100 years ago, will be celebrated in Santa Fe from June-November 2020. The play exists in over a dozen languages and enjoys many adaptations in film, music and theater.

The Dybbuk at 100 will feature lectures from experts in the field about the opera, S. An-sky, his play and his groundbreaking ethnographic expeditions into Jewish Russia; the highly acclaimed, fully restored 1937 film of The Dybbuk and a chamber music concert of music from Ofer Ben Amots’ opera The Dybbuk—Between Two Worlds.

Who is the presenter?
Montage Music Society, a Santa Fe-based ensemble that specializes in music inspired by visual art, is the non-profit, tax-exempt umbrella for the centennial. Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival is presenting the film and a companion lecture by S. An-Sky expert Gabriella Safran. The Dybbuk Program Committee, comprised of leading Santa Fe individuals, is a special committee of Montage Music Society, organized to generate the centennial funding.

The Dybbuk is haunting and atmospheric, a chilling supernatural romance that
functions as a privileged glimpse into the past, to a time when rabbis regularly performed
prodigious miracles, when spirits of the dead wandered the Earth,
and when tampering with the supernatural inevitably led to the most dire results.”
—Kenneth Turan (LA Times and National Public Radio film critic)
One critic asked “Is The Dybbuk the Jewish Tristan und Isolde?”

The Dybbuk has resonated with populations around the world. It is a metaphor for the Jews as well as the experiences of millions of immigrants and refugees world-wide who have lived on the fringes of their societies, often between two worlds, never fully at home in either one.


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Background photo copyright:
National Center for Jewish Film.

Dybbuk logo design: Carolyn Stenerson