THE KNITTING FACTORY'S FIRST INTERACTIVE SEDER: 1996
The New York Times described it thus:
"...as passover enters its second evening, a lineup of klezmer,
jazz and experimental musicians will dine and perform at the
first annual Knitting Factory Seder.
At the Passover Dinner, 30 downtown artists will take turns
interpreting the story of the exodus from Egypt. Lending some
authority will be guest John Zorn, who has mounted "Radical
Jewish Culture" music festivals in Munich and New York.
Aiming more for a social relevance than spirituality, the night is
billed as a celebration of political freedom-not just for the Jews
of the Bible, but for African-Americans in the U.S. and
Palestinians in Israel and the territories.
In some circles, that
concept might ruffle a few feathers. `That's the essence of a
seder-it's about freedom of expression,' argues Knitting
Factory owner Michael Dorf. `I'm not a religious Jew by any
means, but it's built into the seder for it to be challenging.'"
From The New York Times, April 4, 1996
by Neil Strauss