sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2016-08-26 08:36 pm

Swimmer, swimmer in the sea, bring my body back to me

Three separate people have now sent me links to this photoset, but since it documents the transformation of a black dress, a replica of the costume worn by Hanna Rovina when she played Leye in An-sky's The Dybbuk (1920), suspended for three months in the thick salt waters of the Dead Sea until it emerged stiff and glittering, salt-crusted wedding-white as a spirit gathering flesh to itself, grief transformed into union, I don't think any of them were wrong: Sigalit Landau, "Salt Bride."

Bride
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[personal profile] tam_nonlinear 2016-08-28 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
That is beautiful.

[identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com 2016-08-27 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
O my!

That is yours.

Nine
Edited 2016-08-27 03:42 (UTC)

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2016-08-29 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
That is yours.

It makes me happy, which I need.

[identity profile] shewhomust.livejournal.com 2016-08-27 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Those are stunning. Thank you.

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2016-08-29 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
Those are stunning. Thank you.

You're welcome. I find the final form of the dress very striking, but the stages in between just beautiful.

[identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com 2016-08-27 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
This is magic at work--here's the sea change into something rich and strange--here is garment encrusted with gems that will melt away in the first rain.

(Gorgeous. I'd seen it a few places too)

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2016-08-29 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
--here is garment encrusted with gems that will melt away in the first rain.

Prrt.

The museum's description (http://www.marlboroughlondon.com/exhibitions/sigalit-landau-salt-bride/)—like many of the characters in the play, until it's too late—mistakes the dybbuk of Khonen for an evil spirit, but I really like this line: "Over time, the sea's alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be." Also, I was guessing at Hanna Rovina because she was so famously associated with the role, and I feel vindicated on being right. (The world premiere, in Yiddish, was Miriam Orelska.)

[identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com 2016-08-31 03:44 pm (UTC)(link)
...wow. I think of this as the cover for a future book by you! (Also, wow, you like Felt!)

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2016-09-01 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
...wow. I think of this as the cover for a future book by you!

Oh, man, I wish! I wonder if I could. I'd need to sell another collection first. I wonder who wants one.

(Also, wow, you like Felt!)

I got them from [livejournal.com profile] tithenai! She sent me a mix in 2009 called Songs to Drown By. I knew about three artists on it already; the rest were a great introduction.
Edited 2016-09-01 06:34 (UTC)