Announcing the theme for KlezKanada 2014…
Yiddish is Undead: The Mystical and Supernatural in Ashkenazic Jewish Folklore and Practice
“Yiddish isn’t dead; if anything, it’s undead. Think about it: Is there anything more unkillable, vaguely erotic, ridiculous, and toothy than the language of the Ashkenazim?” – Josh Lambert, Tablet Magazine
The 19th edition of KlezKanada will look at the rich and vibrant yene velt (other world) of Yiddish spirits, ghosts, golems and dybbuks. This year will feature the ghost-opera A Night in the Old Marketplace, a yene velt ball complete with a dance of death, discussions of Kabbalistic discourse and contemporary deconstructionist and literary practices, the mystic Michael Wex, and much more!
Superstition, occult, Kabbala, gematria, ritual; this summer, in the Laurentian mountains, we will explore the myriad ways that Yiddish culture is most definitely undead.