"The TopheT Show" is an exciting collaboration between RimoJeki and a talented group of German artists and actors. This production intertwines innovative video art, intricate stage design, dancers, and actors, all accompanied by Rimojeki's live musical performance.
An immersive journey through ancient times, mythologies, and philosophies, as the show presents a fresh perspective on freedom and liberation.
The creation of this extraordinary show was made possible with the invaluable support of KulturQuartier Schauspielhaus - Erfurt, who contributed to the stage design, props, special costumes, and more. We are immensely grateful for their dedication and involvement. "The Tophet Show" received funding from Fonds Darstellende Künste through their "Take Action" program, as well as from the Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Thüringen. Additionally, we extend our appreciation to "Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland" for their support during the show's presentation in Chemnitz.
Konzept & Musik: RimoJeki
Schauspiel: Terraforming – Roman Rübbelke & Franz – Christian Lorenz
Tanz: Phaedra Pisimisi, Danilo Cardoso
VideoArt: Franz – Christian Lorenz
Bühnenbild Erfurt: Jeannine Clemen / Moritz Weißkopf
Bühnenbild Chemnitz: Franz – Christian Lorenz
Kostüm-Assistenz: Cornelia Mai
Lichttechnik: Friedrich Zarft
Soundtechnik: Miron Raczka
Theaterpädagoge: Vincent Kresse
Projektleitung: Daniela Backhaus
The word "TOPHET" is mysterious.
it holds multiple meanings. In the Aramaic language, it is related to a stove or oven and the idea of fire, flames, and inferno.
According to medieval Rabbis (Chazal), who interpreted the Torah, the source of the word comes from the word "TOF", meaning drum, as drumming was a part of the sacrificial offering ceremony.
The word "TOPHET" is first mentioned in the Bible in the "Book of Kings" as the place of worship in the "Valley of Ben-Hinnom" near Jerusalem. According to biblical stories, children were sacrificed to the god Molech in this valley.
In modern Hebrew, the word is associated with a terrible pain or a large explosion. It is commonly used in reports of wars and terrorist attacks, always describing something terrible and negative.
Like the word "TOPHET", the show is a mystery that travels through time and through the different stages of human beliefs. It is a kind of "archaeological rock opera" that explores the explosions of right and wrong through the perspective of a woman. It is a story of a mother who faces gods, priests, rituals, and sacrifices in every stage of history, both in the past and in the future.