EVELYN TAUBEN
Producer . Curator . Writer

PRODUCER

Music. Theatre. Literature. Dance. Film. Comedy. Readings. Conversations.

CONCERTS

CONCERTS

Honeycomb Way, 2012

Artistic Producer / Co-created with Frank London & Yair Dalal

Presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts | World Premiere at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto | March 2012

A new, commissioned concert mixing and melding the musical traditions of Middle Eastern Jews together with Eastern European Jewish music. The program was developed in an intensive residency with Toronto’s top world music artists joining Frank London (New York) and Yair Dalal (Israel): Waleed Abdulhamid, Aviva Chernick, Rick Shadrach Lazar, Lenka Lichtenberg, Demetrios Petsalakis, Debashis Sinha, and Maryem Tollar.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS IN PRODUCING CONCERTS:

Lenka Lichtenberg, Glenn Gould Studio, 2013

Aviva Chernick, 918 Bathurst, Toronto, 2012

Koffler Chamber Orchestra with Jacques Israelievitch, Toronto, 2008-12

Kinky Friedman, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Toronto, 2011

Jaffa Road with Yair Dalal, Hugh's Room, Toronto, 2010

Avishai Cohen, Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto, 2010

Kobi Oz, Canadian Premiere of Psalms for the Perplexed, Mod ClubToronto2009 (Read what Kobi Oz had to say about our show)

David Broza, Leah Posluns Theatre, Toronto, 2008

Beyond the Pale, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, 2007

Socalled, Philadelphia, 2007

THEATRE

THEATRE

The Book of Judith, 2014

Producer

Presented at the Abilities Centre, Whitby, Ontario | June 2014 | Produced by Selfconscious Theatre in partnership with Abilities Centre and The Theatre Centre

Co-Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley together with Judith Snow | Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley  | Music by Andrew Penner

A musical play presented in an outdoor performance tent on the grounds of the state-of-the-art Abilities Centre, concluding a highly successful Ontario tour. Performed together with a twenty-person inclusion choir from the Durham region, it is a provocative piece of theatre that challenges audiences to confront their assumptions about disability and difference.

 

SYMPOSIUM

SYMPOSIUM

Accessing the Arts, 2014

Co-curated together with Alex Bulmer

Presented at the Abilities Centre, Whitby, Ontario in conjunction with The Book of Judith | June 2014 | Produced by Selfconscious Theatre and Abilities Centre with generous support from the Equity Office of the Canada Council for the Arts

A daylong symposium exploring accessibility in the performing arts convening artists, arts professionals and organizations committed to incorporating inclusive thinking into their programming, creation process and education initiatives.

Presenters included: Franco Boni, Alex Bulmer, Rena Cohen, Jan Derbyshire, Wanda Fitzgerald, Brendan Healy, Lynda Hill, Leslie Lester, Catherine MacKinnon, Elizabeth Morris, Pam Patterson, Jeffrey Renn, Alan Shain, Judith Snow, Elizabeth Sweeney and Kazumi Tsuruoka. To full the full program click here

CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS

CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS

Trailblazers & Troublemakers: Filmmakers Telling Stories of Muslim & Jewish Women, 2017

Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto | April 2017 | Presented by FENTSTER and Shema & Iqra’: The Jewish-Muslim Text Project | Community Partners: Noor Cultural CentreUniversity of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism  and Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Canadian filmmakers Zarqa Nawaz (journalist / creator of CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Francine Zuckerman(writer / producer / director) shared insights and excerpts from their ground-breaking documentaries, Me & The Mosque and Half the KingdomThese films focus on the efforts of Muslim and Jewish women to reconcile deeply held faith commitments with their desires for equal access to communal and ritual spaces.

LITERATURE

LITERATURE

Koffler @ IFOA, 2011

Harbourfront Centre,  Toronto | October 2011 | Presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts and the International Festival of Authors

Curated a daylong feature on Russian-Jewish writers and themes. Pictured: David Bezmozgis (The Free World; Natasha) and Gary Shteyngart (Little Failure; Super Sad True Love Story) in conversation with Gal Beckerman (When They Come For Us We'll Be Gone). Presenters also included MP Irwin Cotler, translator Peter Filkins, Israeli novelist and poet Michal Govrin and author Julia Creet.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS IN PRODUCING LITERARY PROGRAMMING:

Book launch for Mystical Vertigo by Aubrey L. Glazer with performances by Jaffa Road, Aaron Bensoussan & Ernie Tollar, Rivoli, 2013

Lost and Found Spaces: Buildings, Cities, and the Stories They Tell. Book launch for Traces of the Past by Sara Ferdman Tauben with Shawn Micallef, David Kaufman and Lisa Rochon, 2012

Jewish Book Fair presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts featuring Anita Diamant, Alan Dershowitz. David Grossman, and many more, 2008-12

Helen & Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Books Awards presented by Koffler Centre of the Arts, 2008-12

DANCE

DANCE

Past Present: Chagall Through Toronto’s Artists, 2011

Presented at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto | December 2011 | Together with Koffler Centre of the Arts | In conjunction with the major AGO exhibition, Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou

Produced and curated an evening of dance, music, performance, and spoken word with Toronto’s brightest avant-garde artists creating exciting new Jewish culture that reaches back to the world of Chagall for flavour, colour, and inspiration. Pictured: performance by Kaeja d'Dance. Other featured artists: the eight-piece jazz fusion ensemble The Thing Is, accordionist Sasha Luminsky from the former Soviet Union and the Canadian debut of an excerpt from Bella: The Colour of Love about Bella Chagall, the artist’s wife and muse, written by Mary Kerr and Theresa Tova and performed by Yiddish jazz chanteuse Theresa Tova together with Montreal pianist, Matt Herskowitz.