WEEKEND IN QUEST 2021
CIRCUS JEWS UNDER NATIONAL SOCIALISM:
Scholar in Residence Stav Meishar
March 7, 2021
Weekend in Quest 2021 is a free virtual program that honors the roots of the program as a Shabbaton Study Weekend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s program has shifted to a webinar format with Scholar in Residence Stav Meishar.
The true stories of Jewish circus artists between the world wars are told with sensitivity and humor by Stav Meishar, a circus artist and academic.
The lecture is based on over seven years of extensive research and combines photos from personal albums, recorded testimonies, and personal stories. Additionally, Meishar will present excerpts from her show “The Escape Act”, a show based on one of the stories she uncovered–that of a Jewish acrobat who survived the Holocaust hiding in a German circus.
This event will explore the lives of Jewish circus artists in Germany from 1880-1945 and the process of transforming historical research into performance. Join us for a glimpse into a little-known colorful and fascinating world!
Stav Meishar is a theatre maker, multidisciplinary performer, academic researcher, and educator, working across circus, theatre, and contemporary performance. Born and raised in Israel and now based out of both Bristol UK and New York City, Stav has spent the past two decades performing on professional theater and circus stages; on the ground and in the air; in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish; in works devised by herself and by others; all over Israel, America and Europe.
This is the first year that Weekend in Quest is held under the auspices of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE).
For further information and registration, see the OJMCHE website: