With the Israel Festival in full swing, here are some highlights for the week ahead to look forward to.
The events of the Cunningham Dance Company are usually staged in a museum space and are adapted accordingly.
The Israel Museum will host five one-time, site-specific events, which will bear Merce Cunningham's exclusive signature. They are interspersed with film clips, live music, costumes and stage sets.
When performed in a museum space, the atypical closeness between the dancers and the audience adds a dimension of intimacy, making everyone partners in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event. The events moves around the museum, surprising the audience. The performances require walking and an extended period of standing.June 9 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., June 10 at 2:00p.m., 4:00 p.m., June 11 at 10:30 p.m. at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Tickets: NIS 280.Approx. 1hr30, no intermission.A ship in the heart of the sea
A ship in the heart of the sea is the central metaphor of Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor's Ship of Fools
. The ship is a temporary narrow space, without a real foothold. The people crowded in the ship are individuals who, due to the circumstances of the journey, gather together as a group.Ship of Fools
demands responses to situations of uncertainty and danger and arouses anticipation and the thrill of the unknown. June 9 at 9:00 p.m.,Jerusalem Theatre, Rebecca Crown Auditorium. Tickets: NIS90. Approx. 1hr, no intermission.Child's story from mature perspective
Yonatan Gefen's Cabbage Child
tells of the world of children in a village in the days of the greengrocer; before high-rise apartment buildings there were small houses; before the malls there were trees to climb; mothers knitted sweaters and children played hide-and-seek. One could create other worlds, and imagine far-off and wonderful lands. This is a story of longing - for the village and for lost friends. For friends we have missed out on. For friends whom, if we walked past them, we might only say a polite hello, despite having shared powerful life-altering experiences.
The premiere of Ma'abadatarbut Dimona's Cabbage Child
stages the children's story from a mature perspective, accompanied by live music and a troupe of actors who are partners in the exciting creative process.June 6, 8:00 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre, The New Studio. Tickets: NIS90. Approx. 1hr20. For adult audiences .Theater and Opera combined
is a unique
performance that mixes theater and opera and stages a new interpretation
of the classic tragedy, Oedipus Rex. From beginning to end, Oedipus 2011
is musically innovative and is partially sung, partially spoken. There
are five actors, five singers and an ensemble of nine musicians. Oedipus 2011
was adapted in cooperation with The Jerusalem Academy for Music and
Dance, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the Jerusalem Theater Group
and the Israel Chamber Orchestra and has received support from the
Department of Culture and Sport.
June 10 at 2:00 p.m., June 11 at 9:00 p.m., Beit Shmuel, Jerusalem. Tickets: NIS90. Approx. 1hr15, no intermission.
A freestyle dive
Hamitzpeh is a freestyle dive into the imaginary world of images of the
Clipa Theater, deep into the multi-sensual, abstract, boundless
experience of ongoing visions and sound.
Hamitzpeh explores different versions of archetypical dreams of
yearning, desire and fear. As though immersed in deep water, the
performance begins from a place of non-seeing. The soft floor is for
sitting or lying down. The sounds are enveloping and the black space is a
magic box of images, dolls and objects – almost entirely black. Black
on black, the stage pictures appear from absolute darkness to minimal
visibility and tease the observer like the fire sparks of the little
This unique visual experience has been adapted to the black space of the
(former) Tel Ad Studios in the Jerusalem Theater as a salute to the
Israel Festival jubilee celebrations.
June 9, 12, 13, 14 at 5:00 p.m., 8:30
p.m., June 10 at 1:00 p.m., June 11 at 9:00 p.m.,Jerusalem Theater, The
New Studio. Tickets: NIS 100
The performance takes place around and over the heads of the audience.
Seating is on mattresses. Limited no. of seats – for those with physical
limitations. For prior arrangements: 03- 6879219.
Fun for all the family
A living museum in nature presents "Classical in the Gardens" -
classical works of theater, dance and music with an emphasis on trees,
swans, butterflies, and other garden dwellers.
The audience is invited to tour the Jerusalem botanical garden and see eight live performances.
June 9, 10 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Tickets: NIS40 (Not included in performance packages.)
Each performance lasts 15 minutes and
repeats at brief intervals. There are also art workshops for children
and fun garden parties. Warm clothing recommended.
Time for some classics
Almost twenty years after Rachel and Leah, singer Achinoam Nini returns
to the Israel Festival, together with her musical partner Gil Dor, in a
premiere marking the release of her exciting, new renditions of Israeli
classics, "Eretz, Shir". Nini and Dor are accompanied by the Jerusalem
The performance includes HeHalil, Zemer mapuchit, Yesh ey-sham, Makom
le-de’aga, Shir Eres, Laila, Ruach stav, Hayu leilot and many other
Arrangements for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra: Ilan Mochiach, Gil Dor
Conductor: Ilan Mochiach
June 9 at 8:30 p.m., June 11 at 9:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre, Henry Crown Concert Hall. Tickets: NIS100/160/190.
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