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Dina Levina

Dina Levina

Actress

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Actress

I was born in S. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, a unique city of museums, galleries, theaters, with over 180 comedic, dramatic, musical, puppet, youth and children's studios. In one of them, the Art Word Studio, I began my foray into theater at the age of ten. My studies there were preparation for admission to the Youth Creativity Theater, where I was enrolled for two years before immigrating to Israel in 1990.

My absorption to my Jewish homeland was very gentle. Even outwardly I merged into Israeli society; I looked like a “sabra.” Despite the fact that our family was not religious, I grew up in a Jewish atmosphere. Upon arrival in Israel, I entered the Wizo School of Art. After graduation, I was drafted into the army, where I served for two years in the police as an interpreter. I love this country, where you feel that everything is connected by family ties. You know that if you are in trouble, you will always be helped. In moments that are truly important, we are all one. On the surface Israelis may be hard and prickly, even aggressive, but on the inside they are soft and sweet – just like the sabra fruit. It gave me great joy to be among my people in our homeland after thousands of years of exile.

After the army, I entered the Theater School of Sophia Moskovich in Tel Aviv. In the second year we received a wonderful director, Igor Berezin. He produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya with us. I played Sonya. This was my first serious actor's work. And at the end of the third year he suggested that I try for a role in the play in Hebrew on Harms "The Old Woman and the Wonderworker." I was selected and I stayed in the "Little" Theater for five years until I left for Canada.

During my last year in Israel, I worked as a simultaneous translator at the "Gesher" Theater, as well as at the Chamber Theater, when famous Georgian director Robert Sturua came to Israel. I lived in Israel for 18 years. My parents and many wonderful friends still live there, and I visit them once a year.

I was always interested in trying new things like snorkeling, horseback riding, and backpacking. I love the feeling of being a part of nature. Nature gives us a sense of harmony and joy. I would very much like to feel the same in people's relations.

For me, the theater is an opportunity to rediscover obvious truths, to gather people in one place and, having disconnected them from the mundane challenges of day-to-day life, to engage in a process of empathy and reflection.

Six years ago our family expanded as my husband and I welcomed our son Noah. We believe that love is based on mutual understanding and mutual concessions, so we try to live and educate our son according to these principles.

My creative path in Canada continues in several directions. Not long ago, together with a group of friends, we established a musical group called “Maayan,” which means wellspring or source in Hebrew. Our repertoire contains songs and melodies from ancient sources, drawing on ancient texts for extraordinary wisdom and strength of spirit. We want everyone to try to understand what the meaning of life is. It is absolutely necessary to establish contact between Jews, to live in unity and love. The well-being of the world depends on our unity. Those who devote themselves to caring for others know what pleasure it is to think of others. This is a traditional approach, and from this begins a return to our roots.

This coming October, right after the High Holy Days, during a community women’s gathering, I will be singing Hebrew songs like my ancestors did thousands of years ago in the Temple. We will also discuss what it means to be a Jew. We carry the unity gene. We are all deeply connected. Thousands years ago we were connected with each other based on the law of mutual responsibility and love. We were united by the idea of unity, by the idea of oneness, and now it is the
time to reveal the love and unity we once lived by.

Two years ago I joined the troupe of the NSK Theater, and I played some interesting roles. Recently I started to study sound engineering at the Trebas Institute.

I think that the time has come to protect ourselves from disasters not only with the sword, but with the convergence of hearts. After all, the power of unity is the most powerful force. And it was the unity of our people that was the precondition for receiving the Torah. In the novel Era of Mercy, Vainer Brothers write that, “Mercy is kindness and wisdom. This is the form of existence that I dream about, to which we all aspire in the end.“

 

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