ANIKAYA Dance Theater
118 N. 11th St. 3rd Fl, Brooklyn
New York 11211
November 1 at 8pm
November 2 at 5:30 and 8pm
The first woman,
who rebelled against Adam,
and fled Eden.
A solo by Wendy Jehlen, "Lilith" begins with creation, in a space dark as a womb, where Lilith appears to be suspended in and surrounded by her pre-creation environment. She begins to take shape, and we follow her through her early history, her conflict with Adam, her escape. We view facets of her from the many perspectives that history, art and religion have viewed her – as the serpent who offers the apple to Eve, as a winged creature, a temptress, as an aggrieved mother a thousand times over. We see all of these facets through the vantage of Lilith\'s own mind, as she lives and re-lives her own memories. The piece culminates with Lilith in her fully realized form, a combination of all of these facets – a dragon-like woman, magical and unconstrained.
The creation of "Lilith" was originally inspired by the sculpture of the same title by Kiki Smith. The development of the narrative has been inspired and accompanied by the poetry of Keith Tornheim.
"Lilith"'s creation has been supported by the BU Jewish Cultural Endowment, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Foundation\'s Brother Thomas Fellowship, the Cambridge Arts Council and a Commission from Connecticut College\'s Ammerman Center for Art and Technology.