"These Things I Remember"

"These Things I Remember" is a dance with five scenes beginning with the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, then Morocco in the 1700s, Turkey in the 1800s, Salonica in 1943 and Today.

So much of culture, community and religious practice is passed on from mother to daughter that Judith wanted to make an ode to Sephardic women living in different eras and different places. The first figure appears during the fearful and tumultuous period of the Inquisition in Spain when Jews either had to convert or chose exile. Much of Sephardic life in the warm Mediterranean clime took place on the street, and here we see a Sephardic woman caught as the inquisitors march down a street, trampling on Jewish belongings, but some are rescued.

Photo by Warwick Green

Next: "These Things I Remember, Scene 2"

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