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Chalom: A Dream Opera q&a preview by Sydney Schiff
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Choreographer and dancer.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
For me, dancing is a way of being and choreographing is a way of doing. We have been inseparable for as long as I can remember. When asked why I want to pursue a career in the performing arts, I like to quote the Red Shoes: "I don't know exactly why, but I must."

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one in FringeNYC that...?
... involves Tefillin bondage.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
CHALOM is an I've-come-of-age-now-what story. It is set in an observant Jewish world, but the themes of social control, sexual frustration and the persistent search for order in a disordered community are universal.

Which famous New Jerseyite would like your show the best: Snooki, Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Edison?
The Boss

How important is diversity to you in the theater you see/make?
I believe that diversity engenders richer art. The performance exists in the "dialogue" between performer and spectator. I invite my audience to take their life experiences from childhood to the daily grind and acknowledge them as the lens through which they view the performance and to create a visceral memory. If there are a hundred people in the audience, there are a hundred performances occurring simultaneously. A video recording cannot do that.