Jephta's Daughter

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Makespeak's original score for the stage piece by director/choreographer Saar Magal. Produced by the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

The Old Testament book of Judges tells the story of Jephta and his daughter. At the climax of a great battle to defend his land, the newly appointed leader of the people of Israel swears an oath: If God will grant him victory, Jephta will offer him what or whomever should greet him upon his return as a sacrifice. And so it is that as Jephta returns home triumphant it is his daughter who runs to meet him. She respects her father's oath, but requests a grace period of two months in which to withdraw to the mountains with her friends and "weep for her virginity".

In response to variations on this story of sacrifice, and in dialogue with their musical interpretations - in particular, Giacomo Carissimi's oratorio Historia di Jephte of 1647 - with a troupe of dancers, singers and musicians, Israeli choreographer Saar Magal explores some of the puzzles at the heart of the story: What motive compels the father to remain true to his word? What happens during the two months' grace that the daughter successfully persuades her father to grant? Where do the women go? What happens to them there? Why do they return? Their exploration leads them through a whole spectrum of themes woven into this strange tale: sacrifice and self-sacrifice, faith and devotion, virginity and innocence, ambition, invention, conceit and the public eye.

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released August 15, 2016

Musical Director: Haggai Cohen-Milo
Composition by Makespeak ensemble: Mateo Lugo, Haggai Cohen-Milo & James Shipp

Musicians:
Mateo Lugo - guitar, voice
Haggai Cohen-Milo - bass, synthesizer, precision
James Shipp - vibraphone, precision, synthesizer, voice
Josephine Renelt - soprano
Friederike Mauß - soprano
Richard Resch - tenor
Frederic Jost - bariton
Margaux Marielle-Tréhouart - speech

Mixed and mastered by David Kowalski except for EDM - mixed by Mateo Lugo.

Cover design by Nika States. Original painting by Gustave Doré

Concept, director, choreographer: Saar Magal
Dramaturgie: Miron Hakenbeck & David J. Levin
Stage design: Lea Dietrich
Costume design: Wiebke Schlüter

Dancers:
Margaux Marielle-Tréhouart, Jasmine Ellis, Adaya Berkovich, Leila Bakhtali, Moritz Ostruschnjak, Elik Niv, Hervé Guerrisi, Shiori Tada

Special thanks to:

Nikolaus Bachler: general manager Bayerische Staatsoper
Viktor Schoner: artistic production manager
Sandra Eberle: artistic production assistent
Esteban Muñoz: stage manager
Magdalena Padrosa: rehearsal director

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