Spain meets Argentina
The Hayek Center for Contemporary Art in Old Jaffa will
host a bilateral musical event Saturday evening fronted by Uruguayan-born
vocalist Sylvia Kigel. The singer will perform a program of flamenco numbers and
some Argentinean tango material, along with guitarist Leonid Beitman and
accordion player Leonid Kresnik. The trio will receive substantial sonic support
from the Jerusalem Festival Orchestra under conductor Vladimir
The repertoire includes works by 18th-century Italian cellist
and composer Luigi Boccherini, early 20th-century Spanish Andalusian composer
Manuel de Falla, renowned 20th-century Spanish pianist and composer Joaquin
Rodriguez and Argentinean nuevo tango genre founder, bandoneon player and
composer Astor Piazzolla.
The show will take place at 6 p.m. For
tickets and more information: (02) 535-6954.
An Irish gem in Kiryat
Shmona and Tel Aviv
The Kiryat Shmona-based Mara Theater company has started a
run of 16 performances of the award-winning play Little Gem by Irish playwright
Elaine Murphy. The production stars Lia Koenig, Tatiana Kenlis-Olier and Moran
Rosen and is directed by Roy Horowitz. The original show was first performed at
Dublin’s Fringe Festival in 2008, where it won first prize, and it won another
award at the Edinburgh Festival the following year.
Little Gem is a
tragicomedy based on three monologues in which the female characters relate
their personal histories of love and loss in an alienating contemporary
The plot features three generations of Dublin women, each of whom
is experiencing some emotional crisis.
The relationship among the women
is difficult, and substance abuse also plays a part in their dysfunctional
lives. Eventually, however, hope finds its way in.
The second performance
of Little Gem’s current run takes place at Mara Theater’s home base in Kiryat
Shmona at noon today, and the play will alternate between its northern base and
Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv until February 3.
For tickets and more
information: (04) 695-9659 or www.t-mara.co.il.Hill comes to town
Contemporary Arts Center in Tel Aviv is hosting an exhibition of works by famed
Californian video artist Gary Hill. Hill has worked in a wide range of media for
almost four decades, including sculpture, sound, video, art installations and
performance. He has spent many years developing his work in the inter-media
field, exploring such topics as the physicality of language, synesthesia – a
state of experiencing mixed sensations – and perceptual conundrums, as well as
ontological space and viewer interactivity.
His 1994 work, Circular
Breathing, incorporated sound and image mixed in with thickly layered music as
five panels of monochrome video fueled each other’s images.
Last year, he
unveiled his Depth Charges creation, which is centered on an ethereal, distorted
image of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell playing to an abstract figure of Hill
The current exhibition includes Depth Charges, as well as Viewer
from 1995, in which members of the public view a long corridor lined with
Mexican laborers and experience a sense of tangible connection.
works in the exhibition are Wall Piece and Remembering Paralinguay (both from
2000). In the former, Hill is seen trying repeatedly to read a text while
colliding with a wall, while the latter is a single-channel video installation
in which a female figure approaches the spectator, making sounds that veer from
singing to some prehistoric or animal-like utterances.
will run until January 24, and there will be screenings of two Hill movies on
December 12 and January 8 (both 7 p.m.).
For more information: (03) 510-
6111.Brahms’s German Requiem in Haifa, TA and Modi’in
The Israeli Vocal
Ensemble will put on three performances of Brahms’s German Requiem in the next
two weeks, at the Greek Orthodox Church in Haifa (December 8, 12 p.m.), Tel Aviv
Museum (December 15, 8:30 p.m.) and Einan Hall in Modi’in (December 22, 8:30
The performances signal the start of a new series of concerts by
the ensemble and feature one of the most popular works of the classical
Augmenting the ensemble’s vocalists will be soprano singer Hadas
Faran-Asia and baritone Yair Polishook, as well as pianists Tami Kanazawa and
Yuval Admony, under the baton of conductor Yuval Ben-Ozer.
information: 074-701- 2112 or www.nive.co.il.