By Pascale Samuel, curator and curator of the modern and contemporary collection of the mahJ
Through drawing, music and installation, Rainier Lericolais (born in 1970) has created a body of work nourished by the historical avant-gardes. His discovery of the painter and decorator Boris Aronson (Kiev, 1899 – New York, 1980), and the sets created by this artist for the Yiddish theatre, plunged him into the visual and sound universe of the Dibbuk.
This famous play – written by the writer, journalist and ethnographer Shalom Ansky in 1915 and adapted to film by the Polish director Michal Waszynski in 1938 – is part of the tradition of unhappy lovers. For many, it is a Yiddish Romeo and Juliet; but the story also has a fantastic dimension: in Jewish tradition, the dybbuk is a spirit, a demon, who enters the bodies of the living to demand reparation for an offense.
Leah’le, the voice of the dybbuk draws its inspiration from the different versions of the dybbuk. Rainier Lericolais has taken visual and sound elements from them, mixing them with his own musical and literary language. Without folklore or nostalgia, the work deals with Yiddish culture as a breeding ground for creation and returns to the universal dimension of the themes of the Dibbuk.
From October 2nd to October 31st, 2021