Voices from Theresienstadt

March 7, 2017

by Ellen Foyn Bruun and Bente Kahan. Directed by: Ellen Foyn Bruun A monodrama about five women who come from different countries, are of different ages, social class and professions. The one thing they all have in common is that they are Jewish and their paths have crossed in...

Theresienstadt Songs

March 7, 2017

Bente Kahan sings cabaret and Ilse Weber songs written in Theresienstadt. All the words were mainly written in German in the ghetto Theresienstadt/Terezin during WWII. The cabaret music was either written in the ghetto or taken from popular operettas. Most of the words by Ilse Weber are set to...

Wir Wollen Wachen die Nacht

March 7, 2017

Berliner Festwoche, Berlin, September 1997. Commissioned by the 1997 Berliner Festwoche, Bente Kahan composed music to poems written by German-Jewish authors during the period 1933-45. Included in the program were songs from Theresienstadt, Yiddish songs from the Vilne-ghetto (Vilnius) and songs from the carpenter and song-writer Mordechai Gebirtig from...

Bente Kahan and The White Stork Synagogue Choir

March 7, 2017

Sacred songs in Hebrew and Yiddish. Bente Kahan premiered with this concert on November 26, 2003, for the 800 years’ celebration of the Jewish community in Wroclaw, Poland (pre-war Breslau, Germany). The two Polish composers Tomasz Kulikowski and Hadrian Tabecki arranged Bente’s repertoire for her as the solist with...

Sing with Us in Yiddish

March 7, 2017

A Yiddish concert with children. A Yiddish concert with Bente, her daughter Voja and children from the Jewish school “Lauder Etz Chaim” in Wroclaw. They are accompanied by the Polish folk-music orchestra “Chudoba”. The concert had its premiere June 15, 2003, at the synagogue in Wroclaw, and has also...

Yiddish Songs – Workshop

March 7, 2017

Bente Kahan uses her experiences as an actress and singer to reveal the joy and treasure of the Yiddish songs. Beside having had her own workshops in Israel, Norway and Germany for performing arts or music students, she has also twice assisted the eminent klezmer clarinetist Giora Feidman’s workshops...

Gitl

March 7, 2017

by Frank Kelber with Bente Kahan A monodrama based on Shalom Aleichem’s train stories. Written and directed by the Swedish director Frank Kelber. Premiered in Oslo, December 1991.

Letter Without a Stamp

March 7, 2017

by Ellen Foyn Bruun and Bente Kahan Directed by: Ellen Foyn Bruun With Bente Kahan in both parts. A monodrama about the encounter between a Norwegian language teacher of Jewish descent and an Iranian refugee who has been tortured by the fanatical regime which has assumed power. In facing...

Bessie – a Bluesical

March 7, 2017

by Ellen Foyn Bruun and Bente Kahan Directed by: Ellen Foyn Bruun With Bente Kahan as Bessie Morten Gunnar Larsen: piano Georg Michael Reiss: clarinet A monodrama with music about the queen of the blues, Bessie Smith. Premiered in Oslo, Norway, August 7,1986 After the premiere, the Norwegian major...

Above the Town

March 7, 2017

by Julian Garner Directed by Rita Abrahamsen With Bente Kahan and Michaela Spandow Georg Michael Reiss: clarinet Tom Karlsrud: accordeon Premiered in Oslo August 1983, and produced by Cabaretgruppen in Norway. “Above the town” or “Over Byen” in Norwegian, was Bente Kahan’s first professional appearance in Norway, and her...