reviewed by Paula Citron
Beit Lessin Theatre
Choreographed and directed by Moria Zrachia
Performed by the Ensemble
At the Jane Mallett Theatre until Jun. 13.
The dance theatre Zisele is a bit of whimsy from Israeli choreographer/director Moria Zrachia. The almost wordless movement was inspired by Zrachia’s own mother and her girlhood in the 1960s as an only daughter. The emphasis of the show is the archetype of the European Yiddish Jewish mother.
The production presents four different mothers in their period going-out dresses and jewellery. There is the over-protective one, the stage mother one, the distracted one, and the indifferent one who fashion the behaviour of their only daughters. There is one boy, a twin brother, who is bedevilled by female dominance.
Set to a score of Yiddish songs and using ballet, jazz and Broadway choreography, Zrachia depicts various incidents from life such as a talent contest, bath time, a card party, a Bar Mitzvah, in each instance developing the characters of the mothers, and the daughters’ reaction to them.
It is a slight production of much charm.
Zisele continues at the Jane Mallett Theatre until Jun. 13.