Friday, October 06, 2006

The Cave

We spent an enjoyable night we watching The Cave at the Barbican, featuring music by Steve Reich, multi-channel video by Beryl Korot and a live concert by the Steve Reich Ensemble. The Cave explored Judaism and Islam through the biblical story of Abraham and Sarah and via 18 on-stage musicians, three acts, and five screens of fractured interviews with Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans. These spoke of their thoughts (if any) of Abraham, his wife Sarah, her Egyptian handmaid Hagar, and Sarah and Abraham's offspring Isaac and Ishmael, who are portrayed in the Bible and the Koran as the respective progenitors of the Jews and the Muslims.

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