Spoken Word Performance: Lev Avitan

A spoken word performance about anger

Within Opera Forward, besides opera, the meeting of opera with other art forms is central. Therefore, in line with the opera The Seven Deadly Sins, seven spoken word artists were asked to each create a performance about one of the seven deadly sins. You can hear the result during OFF Night #1 on 18 March. Lev Avitan has created a performance about the deadly sin anger.

Lev Avitan
Lev Avitan presents himself as a socially committed speaker by focusing explicitly on social themes from the society. He holds up a mirror to his audience with themes such as identity and integration. He has already done this at places like Down the Rabbit Hole and the festival Lowlands . With his art, Lev hopes to bring people together and to contribute to thinking about social progress.

Lev Avitan on the deadly sin anger
“I have been assigned the deadly sin anger and I think with good reason. Because with all the injustice and perversion in the world, there is much to be angry about. I also believe that we can learn something about the world if we listen to what people are angry about.

I wrote this piece during the weeks I was caring for my mother when she was bedridden with incurable metastatic lung cancer. Although she was not actively practising her Jewish faith, God was always present in her thoughts. The first part of the piece about my mother’s life consists almost entirely of literal quotes that she shared with me in the last months of her life. She could not comprehend that a loving God could, so structurally and from childhood, burden her with so much unhappiness and suffering. The anger generated by this lack of understanding is certainly present in me as well. I find it difficult to reconcile the state of the world with the existence of a Biblical God. The driving force behind all my lyrics is the belief that a better world is possible if we actively want to create it together.”

Photo: Milagro Elstak

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