With live accompaniment by Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner.
Directed by Victor Janson, Paul L. Stein, Eugen Illés
Written by Hans Brennert, Hans Kräly
Cinematography by Eugen Illés
Cast: Pola Negri, Harry Liedtke, Victor Janson
Running Time: 63 min.
Enjoy a live multi-media event featuring a new score by violinist Alicia Svigals, reanimating a silent cinematic classic starring famed Polish actress Pola Negri. Negri embodies a woman’s struggle to overcome adversity in a story of secret identities, heroic measures, and triumphant love. Remarkably progressive for its time, the film explores anti-semitism, gender bias, and human trafficking in Imperialist Russia.
Svigals has crafted a lush score, which she performs live with jazz pianist virtuoso Marilyn Lerner. Klezmer and other Eastern European folk traditions, 20th century classical composers such as Béla Bartók and Ernest Bloch, European café music, and contemporary improvisation, inspire the composition.
The Yellow Ticket production was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network, a league of North American performing arts presenters committed to the creation and touring of innovative projects. The Yellow Ticket received its debut at the Washington Jewish Music Festival presented by the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center through a commission made possible by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund.
Co-presented with The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Museum of Fine Arts is located at 1001 Bissonnet Street, 77005