Arts in Brief: July 12
Yohji Yamamoto exhibit opens in Holon; Free opera in the park; Free opera in the park; Tales Fest at Suzanne Dellal
Yohji Yamamoto exhibit Photo: courtesy/pr
Yohji Yamamoto exhibit opens in Holon
Last Wednesday night, the Design Museum
Holon unveiled the new solo exhibit of legendary Japanese fashion icon Yohji
Yamamoto. For over 40 years, Yamamoto has been praised as an innovator,
trendsetter and avant-garde visionary in both men’s and women’s wear. His
collaborations have included projects with Adidas, Hermes and choreographer Pina
Bausch, who Yamamoto named his one and only muse. Masao Nihei, who incorporated
the various spaces of Ron Arad’s building, created the installation of this
exhibit. Though Yamamoto is known for his affinity for black fabrics, this
presentation of his work boasts many splashes of vibrant color.
Yamamoto was meant to attend the celebratory opening of his show, he was unable
to travel to Israel. In his place, the CEO of Yamamoto’s company Y and several
other key figures from Yamamoto’s staff were present. Yamamoto is expected to
visit Holon during the coming months. This exhibit is part of the festivities
surrounding the sixtieth anniversary of warm relations between Japan and
The exhibit will run through mid October. For more information,
• Ori J. Lenkinski
Free opera in the park
summer opera event returns as the Israeli Opera brings Verdi’s Rigoletto to the
park for a free open-air performance. The production will be performed before an
audience of more than 60,000 people, so plan to arrive early.
takes place on July 19 at Ganei Yehoshua, Tel Aviv.
Gates open at 7:30
p.m; concert starts at 9 p.m.
• Jerusalem Post Staff Magic
Tales Fest at
August means the annual Magical Tales festival at the Suzanne
Dellal Dance Center at Tel Aviv’s Neve Zedek in memory of Yaron Yerushalmi. This
year’s takes place from August 13-15. For those not buying tickets to the shows,
there’s plenty of free activities (4:30 to 8:30 p.m.) on the plaza, including a
show every afternoon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the main stage.
year’s offerings encompass dance, puppet, object and straightforward theater, as
well as klezmer, or Jewish music, and storytelling for the very little
The shows include Thumbelina, a dance theater piece from the Mofa
theater and the Kibbutz Dance Company, the Goshen Theater offers The Emperor’s
Nightingale as well as klezmer, there’s puppets from Jerusalem’s Train Theater
and from the Orna Porat Children and Youth Theater comes Mr.
Shoes, a story on the old and the new, and Rikdina’s Heart in which an old queen
seeks a prince for her daughter.
Ticket prices range from NS 35 – 65.
Jerusalem race for gold
The Bible Lands Museum, in cooperation with
the Jerusalem municipality and the JDA invites families to enter the “Race for
Gold.” Participants will receive a script, based on an ancient scroll discovered
at the Qumran site, with riddles and hints guiding them through the city in
search of clues solving the puzzle.
The 50 fastest teams will compete at
the final challenge at the Museum, to win an ounce of pure gold (first prize)
and many more prizes and surprises along the route for all
The script is suited for families and children, in English
The “Race” takes place today at 9 a.m. An entry kit for a
family/team (up to 6 persons) costs 65 NIS, and also includes visiting the Bible
Lands Museum. (Registration is required). During the race participants will have
a free pass to Citypass trains.
• Jerusalem Post Staff
O’Toole to retire from
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Veteran British actor Peter O’Toole, praised
for esteemed roles in classic films such as Lawrence of Arabia, announced on
Tuesday he is retiring from acting in films and on stage.
“It is time for
me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has
gone out of me: it won’t come back,” O’Toole, who is 79 and lives in London,
said in a statement released by New York publicist Bill Augustin.
said that his career, which has included eight Academy Award nominations without
a win, “has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material
It has brought me together with fine people, good companions
with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and
“However,” he added, “it’s my belief that one should decide for
oneself when it is time to end one’s stay.”
O’Toole said he is now
spending his time working on the third volume of his memoirs. The film website
imdb.com listed O’Toole as co-starring in the upcoming British film Katherine of
O’Toole finished the statement by saying, “I bid the
profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.”
short story prize
Jewish-American author Nathan Englander won the 2012 Frank
O’Connor International Short Story Award.
The award, for his short story
collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, garnered Englander
a $30,000 prize. The collection of stories won out over collections by Israeli
writer Etgar Keret, as well as Sarah Hall and Kevin Barry.
The prize is
funded by the city of Cork in Ireland.
Englander teamed up this year with
Jewish-American author Jonathan Safran Foer to publish the New American
Haggadah, a more modern take on the traditional Passover Haggadah.