The Ancient Law, Silent Film with Live Original Music

Presented by The Jackson Hole Jewish Community and the Sunrise Foundation

The Ancient Law
The Center Theater
September 9 | 6:30 pm


The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) is a restored silent film masterpiece from Germany with live music composed and performed by world-famous klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals (co-founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics) and pianist Donald Sosin, a silent film music legend. 


The 1923 feature by renowned German Jewish director E.A. Dupont, is an engaging historical drama on a serious theme told with wit, feeling and pageantry about a rabbi’s son who leaves the shtetl to seek his fortune on the stage in Vienna. Unlike Dupont’s more famous Varieté and Piccadilly, The Ancient Law has rarely been seen in public before its restoration that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018. It is a lavishly produced spectacle with a cast of some of the finest actors of the Weimar era. 


Audiences around the US and in Europe, where Alicia and Donald have taken the film concert on tour, have responded with standing ovations. More than 50 performances since 2018 include New York Jewish Film Festival, sold out, GCM: Silent Film Festival in Pordenone, Italy, 500+ people. Shows beyond the festival circuit include a broad variety of venues like the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cornell University, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Interrupted by the pandemic, the tour resumes now in Jackson!

We are excited to offer limited in-person seating for this showing. We can no longer ensure patrons will be seated socially distanced from other parties and require wearing a mask in The Center Theater and Lobby. If you have any questions, pleease call The Center Box Office at (307)-733-4900.