The Afro-Semitic Experience Presents: Letters From The Affair

A multi-media work that blurs boundaries among jazz, opera, and musical theater (and has a great deal of art history in it).

The production relays a true but little-known story about the Dreyfus Affair and how it ended the friendship between Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro. Tracing the artists’ relationship from before the first impressionist exhibition until Pissarro’s death in 1903, The Afro-Semitic Experience plucks all the lyrics directly from letters written between the men.

Letters From the Affair illustrates how Degas’ anti-Semitism was at the core of the break of their friendship, while exploring how the Jewish Pissarro had to face anti-Semitism on a daily basis during the peak of the Dreyfus Affair.

Following the performance, the band will host a talkback about the show. 











Presented in partnership with Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN-DC).


Sunday, May 222:00 PM Edlavitch DCJCC