“…intense, abstract and engrossing… Echad has riveting power…” -The Observer Tribune
ECHAD, the Hebrew word for “One”, refers to the power of one community; the uniqueness or oneness of each individual and the delicate balance between the two, that is the essence of our humanity.
The work begins by celebrating early, cyclical, anonymous and predetermined life cycles and circumstances. It celebrates the strength, safety and predictability of the community as well as the work and rituals by which communities remained whole. It continues exploring rituals, including human sacrifice, that subordinated the value of each member to the “greater good or gods.”
At the center of the work is The Wheel. Both abstract and metaphorical, The Wheel represents many things. First and foremost it signifies the circle of life and community. This circle can embrace, imprison, give birth, cause death, create conflict or support, separate or join, burden or free. Through group and individual discovery it transforms into an umbrella under which the members of the community can feel supported, can support, leave freely and return; a shifting, changing image of human/community equilibrium.
“Amazing time and brilliant athleticism… Echad takes audiences on an intellectual and emotional and visual trip.” -The Observer Tribune
“When they mount the wheel and start to roll with it, the tension builds. Brought to center, the gleaming object defines the stage as sacred space…A fascinating metaphor for Man’s struggle with faith.”-The Star Ledger
Running Time: 31 mins.