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The Dybbuk Tours Europe

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Title

The Dybbuk Tours Europe

Description

This article (undated) is a first-person acount by the director Dovid Herman of his experience directing The Dybbuk in Oslo, Norway. In 1927, the actor and theater pioneer Agnes Mowinckel (1875-1963), ran the Balkongen Theater, a short-lived avant-garde theater located in Oslo. After attending a performance of The Dybbuk in Berlin Mowinckel traveled to Poland to track down Herman and invite him to direct a version of The Dybbuk, presumably in Norwegian. The Norwegian actress and singer Ragnihold Caroline Monrad (1879-1950) played the lead role of Leah. The article does not specify the time of this performance. Since the Balkongen Theater lasted on two years—from 1927-1928—we know that sometime during these two years Herman introduced The Dybbuk to Norwegian audiences!

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Citation

“The Dybbuk Tours Europe,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed July 11, 2020, https://exhibitions.yivo.org/items/show/2934.
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