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Friday, June 29 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
In the Beginning: Gesturing the Hebrew Alphabet

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Two years ago, composer and Jewish scholar Daniel Gil introduced a group of Bay Area Limmudniks to the hypothesis that, in the pre-literate ancient world, the Hebrew letters and texts could be and were  “pronounced” through hand gestures whose natural meanings are the meaning of each letter.  Daniel also gave the group an unforgettable somatic taste of gesturing key concepts (like abba, father) and key texts (like Genesis 1:1) to ourselves and each other.  

This year choreographer Idelle Packer joins Daniel to go deeper on both theory and practice.  We will explore how the gestures illuminate traditional texts and commentaries, why and how that first sentence of the Torah so moves us, and what happens when the letter-gestures get to speak to the creative and mathematical forces within.  

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Daniel Gil

Daniel Gil is a composer, musicologist, folk musician, producer, arranger, teacher and performer living in the Boston area.  He earned his degree in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston and has composed and performed music across many genres including classical and... Read More →
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Idelle Packer

Idelle is thrilled to attend/team-teach her first LimmudBA session this season.  As a dancer and choreographer in New York, she danced and toured with The New York Dance Collective, a resident company of NYU School of the Arts, and later worked with choreographers Remy Charlip, Deborah... Read More →

Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Russian River Valley