The 13 Yamato Drummers of Japan will open the Israel Festival 2012 tonight at
the Hebrew University Amphitheater on Mount Scopus with the high-energy,
visually stunning show that won them Spirit of the Fringe at the Edinburgh
Yamato is trailblazer for the Festival, that includes acts from
more than a dozen nations including Columbia, the Congo, Romania, China and of
course, our own.
More than 18,000 of the 34,000 tickets on offer have
already been sold with extra shows to the Forman Brothers circus cabaret
Obludarium (Czech Republic), and Translunar Paradise from the UK’s Ad
Festival highlights include The Defiant Requiem, a special
performance of Verdi’s Requiem as presented at the Terezin concentration camp in
1944, the musical Parade, a joint US/Israeli production, as well as appearances
by dancer Saburo Teshigawara, the John Schofield Quartet and Victoria Thierre
Festival events are presented at the Jerusalem Theater complex,
the Khan, YMCA, the Tower of David and other Jerusalem venues as well as at
Holon. The festival ends June 14.