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Concert by Bente Kahan, Norway/Poland
Programme: ʻMy Voice is My Countryʼ

Tue 19 April 2016, 20:00
White Stork Synagogue, ul. Pawła Włodkowica 7
Admission: 30 PLN
tel. 71 34 45 320
All tickets booked in advance must be collected from our Office in Przejście Żelaźnicze by the date and time agreed at the time of booking.

Bente Kahan’s musical story begins in the 13th-century Spain, to which the roots of her family tree can be traced. She sings in three Jewish languages: Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew, and in the languages of the people among whom her family lived. She performs Jewish songs influenced by European folk music and tradition. Her musical story is complemented by paintings and photos.

Bente Kahan is a Norway-born Jewish actress, musician, director and playwright. She has been Director of the Center for Jewish Culture and Education in White Stork Synagogue, Wrocław, since 2005. Her Bente Kahan Foundation oversaw the renovation of the White Stork Synagogue, which was completed in May 2010.
Bente Kahan trained in performing arts in Tel Aviv and New York. She has performed on stage since 1981. She began her career in the Habima, Israel‘s national theatre, and in the National Theatre in Oslo. After several years as a member of diverse Oslo ensembles, she started to perform in monodramas co-written with the Norwegian stage director Ellen Foyn Bruun. In 1990, she founded the production company Teater Dybbuk-Oslo, which made its first shows in Warsaw. In 2000, she was awarded a Lifelong Stipend for Artists by the Arts Council Norway. Bente Kahan has received many awards for her work, including the Wrocław Mayor’s Award (2006), Ambassador of Wrocław title (2010), the German-Polish Silesian Culture Award and the Medal of Merit for Tolerance (2010), the Order of Polonia Restituta (2013), and an award from the Polcul Foundation in recognition of her work building bridges across ethnic and religious divides, protecting the heritage and history of Lower Silesian Jews (2015). The album ʻOnly a Human Beingʼ, on which Bente Kahan sings Tadeusz Różewicz’s poems in English, is her eighth published record.
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