An interrupted solo, inspired by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and a letter by Helen Keller

Created and performed by Ari Teperberg

I’m standing in front of you with my eyes closed.

The sounds you make bring me to life. Can we experience the world with utmost sensitivity, allowing even the smallest sensation to become connection, communication, pleasure?

Can we grow deaf and blind together?

The trigger for this creative process was a letter sent by the famous deaf-blind author and intellectual Helen Keller to the New York Symphony Orchestra in 1924, in which she describes how she “listened” to their performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, simply by touching the radio’s membrane and feeling the vibrations.

The piece seeks to generate a space of heightened sensation, in which an alchemy between the senses takes place. We are granted a close-up look into the performer’s body, who calibrates himself to hypersensitivity, seeking desperately for an alternative language to communicate in, beyond boundaries, disability, and loneliness.

In conjunction with Westflügel Theater, Leipzig, and EVE – Independent Theater and Performance Art Creators Organization, Israel


Ari Teperberg

A theatre-maker, opera director and performer. Graduated from the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem (2013), recipient of the Jerusalem Foundation Prize, 2011.

In 2018-19 Ari is directing the opera Così Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Jerusalem Opera, and will be working as dramaturge and artistic collaborator in an exhibition at the Israel Museum.

As a maker, he has created: And my Heart Almost Stood Still and I Want to Dance, Kate! (awards for best stage language and best costumes at the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre); What Happened to my Voice?

In 2009 Ari cofounded the Golden Delicious Ensemble with Inbal Yomtovian, creating and touring with object-theatre shows in Israel and numerous festivals around the world – Germany, France, Thailand, Brazil, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia, and more. Ari teaches object-theatre at University of Haifa.

In opera he directed Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel), Haensel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Dan the Guard (Lavry, 1943; a site-specific production at the Israel National Library), and The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart).

He teaches movement for singers at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, and works as a guest director in the opera workshop at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

As a performer he dances in the Yasmeen Godder Dance Company, and has collaborated with Yonatan Levy and Noam Enbar.


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