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‘Der Golem’ a varied experience
■ Performance features
silent film, experimental
jazz group and glow-in
- Senior staff writer"
An artificial clay man brought to
life. Glow-in-the-dark dancers. An
experimental jazz group. And a histo
No, it’s not a bad drug trip or a
It’s “Der Golem 1999,” a multime
dia experience at the 7th Street Loft
tonight and Saturday. .
The show revolves around Paul
Wegener’s 1920 silent film, “Der
Golem,” which is the story of a clay
man brought to life by a rabbi to pro
tect the Jews from a pogrom.
While the film is being screened,
Lincoln avant-garde jazz group
HOWLOOSEANATION will per
form its own brand of improvisational
music while a group of dancers in flu
orescent body paint contrast the black
and white film. Cantor Michael
Weisser will give a pre-show talk
about the history of the Golem legend.
Fred Mausolf, eye surgeon and
member of HOWLOOSEANATION,
said his group preferred to play in
multimedia events but said they were
difficult to set up.
Mausolf said organizing the
dancers and bringing in the large num
ber of instruments his group plays
were the hardest parts of setting up the
Mausolf plays vintage keyboards
and percussion instruments while the
other members, Mark Baldridge, Brad
Krieger and Ed Rumbaugh, play
found instruments of their own inven
tion, percussion and keyboards.
Mausolf said HOWLOOSEANA
TION was heavily influenced by
avant-garde classical composer John
Cage. Cage worked with dance chore
ographer Merce Cunningham in
unorthodox ways, and
HOWLOOSEANATION’s dance col
laborations follow a similar pattern, he
Cunningham told Cage how the
dancers should be choreographed but
didn’t let Cage see it for himself. Cage
did the same with the music, supply
ing Cunningham with the basic struc
What: “Der Golem 1999”
Where: 7th Street Loft
When: Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Skinny: Silent film screening
accompanied by jazz band and glow-in-the
ture but not letting the dancers hear the
finished product. In the performance,
the dancers would hear the actual
music for the first time, and Cage
would see the dance performance for
the first time.
That same structure was followed
for “Der Golem.” The dancers were
brought together just for this perfor
mance, Mausolf said. They are led by
Jodi Phillips, who has worked with
Mausolf said they were the highlight
of the show.
“The dancers all glow in the dark.
Just seeing them is pretty artistic,” he
said. “It’s really worth going just to see
The show starts at 8 p.m. tonight
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