Eric Zeisl composed the ballet Jacob and Rachel in 1954. It was never performed live until Zeisl’s grandson E. Randol Schoenberg (also grandson of Arnold Schoenberg) oversaw the work’s revival in 2009. Schoenberg had his impetus to see the music come to life when he met BODYTRAFFIC directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett.
Jacob and Rachel was choreographed by three female dance makers: Laura Gorenstein-Miller (Helios Dance Theatre), Sarah Elgart (MADRES), and Andrea Miller (Gallim Dance). The piece interprets the biblical tale of Jacob and Rachel. The plot presents Jacob’s circuitous route to marry Rachel, a path that is strewn with obstacles before love prevails.