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Imagine a world complete with knights, wishing wells, jesters, queens, kings and
witches – a true fairytale come to life.
Tali Gozalzani, the visionary
behind the Kesem Shel Agada children’s theater festival in Tel Aviv, knows a
thing or two about turning the stuff of imagination into reality, and has
transformed the Suzanne Dellal Center into her own life-size storybook,
displaying her creativity through her dancers on stage.
Dellal Center is an amazing place; when we saw the natural beauty, the elaborate
pillars, and the incredible architecture of the building, it was easy for us to
let our imaginations wander,” said Gozalzani.
imagination has driven her to choreograph the children’s festival, running from
August 23 to 25.
Walking through the festival entrance, guests will find
themselves on a grandiose red carpet that will escort them down a road to the
Suzanne Dellal Center.
Every visitor to walk upon this red carpet will
enter a new and unexpected world.
As visitors walk on, reality mingles
with fantasy. What was once a simple orange orchard will be transformed into
“The Wishing Woods Forest,” where each tree holds dozens of vibrantly colored
balloons, soaring high above the festival, creating a genius burst of shades and
Visiting children will be given the opportunity to write down
their wishes and leave them in a secret place amongst the trees of the Wishing
Woods. Once tucked away in the layers of the forest, perhaps their wishes will
Along with balloons and streamers filling the air, four
randomly dispersed gazebos stand gallantly, elaborately decorated as makeshift
castles. The mingling stilt-walkers, jesters, queens, kings, magical drummers
and witches will fit right in with the mideival scene.
But all good
fairytales need more than just royalty and a kingdom.
attending the festival will be “knighted” with an individually designed crown,
welcoming them as royal subjects.
The festival will also be filled with
theatre, dance, storytelling and puppet shows, all for children.
old enchanted well on the premises, there will be a storyteller who will
captivate the children with his mythical sagas. For the younger children, a
Gymboree has been installed.
The festival theaters have been decorated
enchantingly. Productions such as The Trip to the Land of Characters, written by
Gideon Koren and Shlomo Artzi, and puppet shows, including The Adventures of
Peter Rabbit and The Wizard of Oz will be showing. There will even be a
children’s dance performance in which a Spanish mermaid learns to flamenco with
her new legs, in hopes of winning the young fisherman.
Each evening there
will be two plays; a short rendition at 5:30, and a longer one at 7:30. The
energy, the costumes and the world created have been designed so every child
should feel like they perpetually live in a fairytale.
The Kesem Shel
Agada children’s festival runs August 23-25 at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel