Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Henne.
Aaron, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. I have been in Los Angeles for 22 years, working as a playwright, director, and arts educator. I had considered starting a theatre company for quite a while but wasn’t sure about the exact mission – I wanted to offer something unique to the city, with a particular viewpoint. I started noticing that narratives and thematic explorations from my cultural heritage were resonating with me and I wondered if there were also others in the city who would find theatrical explorations, inspired by Jewish history and mysticism, of our universal humanity to be intriguing. And that was the key – theatre dybbuk was born. We have been creating work over these last years as an ensemble – We utilize a 6-month -2 year per show process in which we have both script development sessions and physical workshops, which eventually results in new full-length theatrical pieces. These productions often tour throughout the city and include live music and choreographed movement. I have been fortunate to learn with great collaborators from our beautiful city who bring their own perspectives and talents to the work.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? I think that obstacles are a great opportunity for growth and creative thinking. In order to create work that would reach the greatest number of people from a diversity of backgrounds, we have opted to partner with other organizations (venues, collaborators, presenters) on almost every production. This means that each new work is an adventure, navigating the needs, desires, and capacities of all partners. As a result of these partnerships, we have grown stronger and have learned how to be flexible while still remaining true to our mission and goals.
Please tell us about theatre dybbuk. theatre dybbuk creates large-scale multidisciplinary theatrical productions that explore universal themes through the investigation of Jewish history, ritual, and folklore. We are known for productions that challenge audiences to wrestle with the complexity of our lives and society’s challenges. Our productions utilize lyrical language, stylized movement, and live music in an effort to provide an array of vocabularies that stimulate and provoke. We are proud that we speak to the most relevant social issues in deep ways for audiences throughout Los Angeles and beyond.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently? While I can name strategies or approaches that might have resulted in more positive outcomes, I do believe that every right choice and every “mistake” have brought us to where we are and, as a result, I don’t know that I would change a thing. That being said, we are still learning how to best build on the excitement and positive response to our shows, when we premiere work every 12 -18 months. In other words, there is a long gap between new works and we are still figuring out how best to keep our audiences engaged during our show development periods.
- Our next show, lost tribes, is at Armory Center for the Arts on 3/29 at 8pm – $12.00 online/$15.00 at the door
- lost tribes, at Temple Israel of Hollywood, 4/7 at 8 pm and 4/8 at 7 pm – $12.00 online/$15.00 at the door
- Info here: http://www.theatredybbuk.org/lost-tribes
- Website: www.theatredybbuk.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theatredybbuk/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theatredybbuk/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/theatredybbuk
Photos from theatre dybbuk productions by Taso Papadakis