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Kiryat Shmona theater heads south
Northern Israel comes to Tel Aviv tonight when the Mareh theater company of Kiryat Shmona puts on a preview show of Drora Habkin's Street Songs cabaret at the Tzavta Theater in Tel Aviv. The preview was originally scheduled to take place in the company's hometown but was moved due to the continuing missile strikes from Lebanon.
Street Songs is based on material from a recently released double album of Israeli songbook staples written by Habkin in the late 1960s. For the show, the songs have been rearranged by Irit Yisraeli and will be broken up by humorous theatrical interludes directed by Hanokh Re'im. The production will feature Mareh's all-female cast, including Shiri Habkin, the daughter of the composer. The script is being adapted to refer to the situation in northern Israel for tonight's performance.
The members of Mareh have jokingly noted that, because the Tzavta auditorium is located in a basement, it's a fitting place to hold the show.
Admission is free for all residents of the North. - Barry Davis
Jerusalem Theater offers a taste of Korea
The fighting in the North hasn't prevented the Korean National Dance Troupe from arriving in Israel for a performance at the Jerusalem Theater tonight at 9 p.m. Some 20 dancers will participate in the show, which will consist of nine dances representing a variety of styles. The dances are rich in color and imagination, combining various props, traditional fans, Korean martial arts and swords. The dances draw inspiration from traditional Korean ceremonies including harvest festivals and demon-banishing rituals. The troupe's visit is part of an initiative by the Korean Embassy and its cultural attach , Kim Seoung, to honor the 12th anniversary of the Korean embassy's establishment in Israel. - Nathaniel Rosen
Gesher's Yevgeny Gamborg dies
Gesher Theater actor Yevgeny Gamborg died Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer. A character actor blessed with a wonderfully booming voice, Gamborg appeared in most of Gesher's productions and was last seen as Morris, a Holocaust survivor in Momik. Born in Riga, Latvia, Gamborg worked in theater before immigrating and arriving at the Gesher Theater in 1990. Gamborg leaves a wife and three children. He was buried Sunday afternoon at Kibbutz Givat Brenner. - Helen Kaye