Project Overview

Performing the Jewish Archive is a three-year AHRC funded project working to explore hidden archives, uncover and perform lost works, and create a legacy for the future.

During the long 20th century, displacement has affected the musical, theatrical and literary output of Jewish artists in myriad ways. Many works are thought to have been lost or have, until recently, languished in obscurity.

‘Performing the Jewish Archive’ is motivated by a desire to recover and engage anew with these creative artefacts, and to stimulate the creation of new works to re-animate existing archival repositories. We aim to theorise and reconceptualise the Jewish archive as ‘co-textual’: all artefacts are components of a non-hierarchical, non-linear system that destabilises the relationship between past, present and future, origin and diaspora.