Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description It's 21st-century Reich. A high-tech music-theater event from composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot that explores the history of the West Bank's Cave of the Patriarchs -- burial ground of Sarah and Abraham and mythical passageway to the Garden of Eden. Juxtaposing stop-action speech, contrapuntal video and computer-generated Biblical text, this evening-length work examines the divergent Judaic and Islamic traditions, both of which claim their lineage to Abraham. With a cast of 17 musician/singers and large-screen video documentary footage, this complex, contemporary work explores the common roots of Muslims, Jews, and Christians.