Tziporela members Dana Ivgi and Ben Perry perform.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
With eight years of sold-out performances under their belt in
Israel, it was only a matter of time until the members of the quirky
performance troupe Tziporela
decided to take their own unique brand of
The latest show, Tziporela Worldwide
, is a mix of the
award-winning ensemble's signature sketches catered not just for the
Israeli market, but for international audiences as well.
is made up of nine young performers who met twelve years ago at the
renowned Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. As well as performing in their own
shows, the enthusiastic entertainers write, direct and choreograph their
successful productions, which have been entertaining local audiences
Ensemble member Lotus Etrog spoke to The Jerusalem Post
troupe's success as well as the inspiration behind the new show.
our years in acting school we always got together and did other
projects outside of the regular curriculum and we always tried to do
things our own way," explains Etrog. According to her, the nine
performers always knew they would work together. When they graduated
they decided to create their own material, which was the inspiration
behind their first show.
Over the years, Tziporela has built up a
cult-like following of fans who enjoy the indie troupe's unique way of
poking fun at everyday life using as many forms of performance as
The story behind their latest show started a year and a half ago,
explains Etrog, when the group was rehearsing for one of their regular
shows and thought about
taking it abroad. "After we did the premier we went to
Melbourne by request of the Jewish Agency who invited us to perform an
English-speaking show in front of a thousand people," she says. "We
tried to translate it to English but it
didn't quite work." This is when the idea came to them that they would
have to adapt their show so that people outside of Israel could enjoy
After the positive reactions from Melbourne, the troupe
members were confident that they could put together a show that would
have a more international appeal. When they arrived back in Israel in
October they started working on
the worldwide show. "We took English lessons and various other
workshops in order to prepare for it," Etrog explains.
Tziporela Worldwide is made up of sketches featuring
Tziporela's signature mix of dance, comedy, acting, singing, miming and
various other forms of performance. What makes Tziporela Worldwide
different is the inclusion of sketches that deal with Hebrew and Israeli
culture from an outsiders point of view.
With jokes about translating from Hebrew to English as
well as a hilarious sketch about airport security, Anglos and English
speakers familiar with Israel can appreciate some insider jokes. These
sketches poking fun at Israeli culture got some of the biggest laughs
during a recent performance in Tel Aviv.
That said, there are many scenes of slapstick fun and
clever comedy that appeal to an international audience. Although the
troupe has a very Israeli character about it, many of Tziporela's
sketches contain just mime or dance, thus transcending cultural
boundaries. "What makes the show appealing is the use of a lot of
which means that people who don't speak Hebrew can still enjoy it,"
Tziporela Worldwide has been performed in Tel
Aviv, receiving positive reactions from audiences. With Tel Aviv being
the cosmopolitan city that it is, people from places such as Singapore,
Paris, UK and the US have enjoyed the show. "They really get it and they
love it. They get the humor," Etrog explains."It's a great opportunity
for tourists and Anglos."
The show will be making its international debut in Milian at the "Energies from Tel Aviv" festival, which will take place from October 10 to October 17
at the Franco Parenti Theater
Gianni Morelenbaum Gualberto, the festival's artistic director, read about
Tziporela in Time Out Tel Aviv
and was impressed with what he saw,
explains Etrog. "He looked up our YouTube
and he said he wanted us to perform," she explains.