Olam HaBa

(November 2017) A theatrical installation. Who was this Polish Jew that pulled his pants down in front of everyone and sat on the holy book with his bare bottom?

Who was this Jakob Frank, revered by his fans as a messiah and who converted from Judaism to Islam and from Islam to Catholicism? Who was persecuted by the powerful in Poland in the 18th century, spent many years in prison in Tschenstochau and whose story came to a strange but happy end in Offenbach am Main?

Shlomo Lieberman and Ulrich Leinz have searched for the motives behinds this mystical messianic movement over the course of multiple trips tracing the footsteps of Jakob Frank. And they let themselves, together with the designer and DJ Markus Wente, be inspired by it in their new performance. They bring motifs and texts of Jakob Frank to the stage and then transform it into images and movements that also reflect the feelings and desires of people in the Berlin art and party scenes. Using both subtle and expansive images, they tell the story of a search for a new world in which all parts are once again integrated into a complete whole.

Creation: Shlomo Lieberman and Ulrich Leinz | Design and DJ: Markus Wente | Performance: Austin Fagan, Ulrich Leinz and Shlomo Lieberman | Light: Torsten Litschko | Live Feed: Noam Gorbat

The performance is a result of a research done with the help of “Arbeits- und Recherchestipendium der Senatskanzlei Berlin”

English Theater Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

Performed as part of LeinzLieberman, Artists in Residence, September – November, 2017