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Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. Presents: Beyond the Russian Pale: Jewish Films, Live Klezmer Music, and Eyewitness Accounts

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Historic Academy Theatre
March 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
$13 – $30



Join Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. as they present Beyond the Russian Pale: Jewish Films, Live Klezmer Music, and Eyewitness Accounts on Sunday, March 27, 2022, in the Historic Academy Theatre. Events are from 1:00 PM-9:00 PM with tickets available for all events, for afternoon events only (1:00 PM to 4:35 PM), or evening events only (6:15 PM-9:00 PM.)


Featured is the 1923 classic German Jewish silent film “The Ancient Law” digitally restored, shown with a score performed live by composer/musicians GRAMMY-winning Klezmer Fiddler Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin. Documentary Film “Summer in Ivye” shares the story of Director/Choreographer Tamar Rogoff and a group of international performing artists and survivors creating a performance in a forest outside the small town of Ivye, Belarus. The film memorializes this shtetl with warmth, humor, and respect, as it was in 1935, before almost all of its Jewish residents, including Rogoff’s relatives, were shot by Nazis in 1942. Also on the program will be survivors telling of their World War II lives as “hidden children,” Rogoff speaking about Ivye, Svigals delivering a klezmer workshop, and Paul Dobryden of UVA speaking about Weimar German-Jewish Films.





Schedule of Events:

Afternoon Events –


  • Workshop – The afternoon will open at 1:00 PM with a workshop about Klezmer music led by world-renowned fiddler Alicia Svigals, violinist/composer, and a founder of the GRAMMY-winning Klezmatics. Alicia almost singlehandedly revived the tradition of klezmer fiddling, which had been on the brink of extinction until she recorded her debut album Fidl in the 1990s. Alicia and the Klezmatics recorded two best-selling albums for EMI with violinist Itzhak Perlman.

  • Summer in Ivye  – Next will be the film Summer in Ivye. American director/choreographer Tamar Rogoff staged a large-scale international theater production in a forest outside the rural town of Ivye, Belarus. The production was inspired by Rogoff’s father’s diaries from 1935, describing Jewish life in Ivye with warmth, humor, fondness, and respect. Tamar Rogoff visited in 1991 and was shown the forest where her family, among 2,524 Ivye Jews, had been shot by Nazis in 1942. Rogoff conceived a performance to pay homage to the lives lost. Featuring performing artists and survivors from the Baltics, USA, and Belarus, she created a performance surrealistically reflecting her father’s stories of Ivye before world War II.  The film shows the group overcoming differences in language, religion, and culture to tell a moving story of love and loss. 

  • Interactive Zoom session – After “Summer in Ivye,” Tamar Rogoff will reflect on Ivye, interacting with our audience on ZOOM.  Then, also on ZOOM, we will hear first-person stories from two World War II “Hidden Children.” Evi Blaikie hid in Hungary, while Manfred Marko lived under the protection of Father Joseph Andre in Belgium. The audience can participate in live question and answer sessions on ZOOM until 4:45 PM. 



(4:45PM – 6:15PM)


Evening Events –

  • Speaker – Evening events will begin at 6:15 PM with Paul Dobryden, Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Virginia, speaking about the Weimar Republic German Jewish film to the audience.

  • Featured Presentation – The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) will be Ewald André Dupont’s 1923 silent film The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz), digitally restored by the Deutsche Kinemathek with generous support from the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts. Playing live their own composed score for the film at the Academy Historic Theatre will be  GRAMMY-winning Klezmer Fiddler Alicia Svigals and silent film pianist Donald Sosin. The Ancient Law is an important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna. Historically authentic set design, and an ensemble of prominent actors, were all captured magnificently by cinematographer Theodor Sparkuhl.



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Health & Safety Guidelines

In order to protect those in attendance, enhanced safety measures and protocols will be in place including contactless digital ticketing, face masks are recommended for patrons, face masks required for staff and volunteers, and all Academy staff are fully vaccinated. To learn more about health and safety guidelines at the Academy Center of the Arts, visit academycenter.org/health-safety-guidelines/.

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Afternoon Events  1:00 PM to 4:35 PM:

Base price: $13.95 plus taxes and fees (Total price per ticket for the Afternoon events $20)


Evening Events 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM:

Base price: $18.69 plus taxes and fees (Total price per ticket for the Evening events $25)


 Full-Day of Events 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM:  

 Base price: $23.30 plus taxes and fees (Total price per ticket for full-day events $30)


Group Sales: 

  • 10% discount with the purchase of 20 – 49 tickets
  • 20% discount with the purchase of 50 tickets or more



To learn more about Group Sales discounts visit, academycenter.org/group-sales/ or call the Box Office Monday-Friday 12:00 PM-5:00 PM.




Note that the event producer and Artist may change dates, times, and/or venues depending on the current COVID-19 environment. Ticket buyers will be updated by the Academy Center of the Arts staff, should any change to schedule or venue occurs.




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Supported by the BWXT Access Program



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Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this performance unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Inclement Weather

All indoor performances scheduled at the Academy Center of the Arts normally take place as planned unless otherwise stated.


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Please note: If attending an event or performance after 5pm or on weekends, Lot 2 (Pacific Life Lot) and Lot 12 (Regional Business Alliance) are free and open to for public use. We suggest utilizing these lots, which are closest to the Academy Center of the Arts and within walking distance.

Ticket Policies

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Our delivery methods are as follows:

Print at Home: This option allows you to print your tickets at home or access them on a mobile device via email.

Box Office Pick Up: You may stop by our Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, and have us print your tickets for you.

Will Call Pick Up: If your tickets are being held at Will Call, you can collect them inside the lobby at the Box Office counter.

All tickets for this show will be sold through academycenter.org and our ticketing system. Please do not use third-party resellers, as we do not contract with them. Should you use a reseller, the Academy Center of the Arts will not be liable for any issues with your purchase.

All ticket sales are subject to a Historic Theatre Restoration Fee and credit/debit card processing fees.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mallory Booker, [email protected], for more information.



Historic Academy Theatre
March 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
$13 – $30