THE GENERAL AND THE SEA
THEATRICAL WORK FOR CHOIR
2014
Created in collaboration with director Yonatan Levy, THE GENERAL AND THE SEA is an epic rendering of one of the greatest Israeli myths ever: General Raphael Eitan (known as “Raful”), a legendary soldier known for his superhuman courage at the battlefield, who went to the Ashdod Port wave breaker on a stormy night and was swept to sea.

Raful was a laconic man who gave away little emotion, yet after his death his widow revealed that he used to cry out every night, in his dreams, frequently meeting dozens of his dead subordinates and the two sons he had lost.

Raful, played by a single and highly accomplished actor (Menashe Noy), confronts  The Sea, brought to life by a performing chorus. The dialogue between the singular hero and the choral crowd confronts the sea's highly poetic flood of song and speech with Raful's self-containment. The former general supplies scant answers to endless and meandering streams of questions, requests and accusations, which are brought forth by the sea-chorus.

Yet THE GENERAL AND THE SEA is not merely an Israeli myth deconstructed ironically, but a bizarre rite meant to heal, mythically, a collective wound.