Arts in brief: October 25
Lord of the Dance, the International Music Showcase Festival, Harlem Choir, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona and other international shows come to Israel.
Lord of the Dance Photo: Courtesy PR
Lord of the Dance laces up for Israel
World famous dance production Lord of the
Dance is returning to Israel after a three-year gap with a series of 14 shows at
the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, the Congress Center in Haifa and Binyanei Hauma in
Jerusalem, beginning on January 15.
The Irish musical and dance
production, created, choreographed, and produced by Irish-American dancer
Michael Flatley, premiered in 1996, a year after Flatley left the production of
Riverdance. The show has since become a staple on world stages.
advertising campaign to promote the shows on HOT TV entitled “Oh Lord” has
proven so successful that the international marketing division of Lord of the
Dance is considering adopting it for the show’s performances internationally.
Israeli musical acts to strut their stuff
Following last summer’s
Jerusalem Music Conference which brought international promoters and bookers to
Israel to hear a slew of Israeli acts, the International Music Showcase Festival
is taking place in November, with two separate events – The Jazz & World
Music Showcase from November 21-24 and the Rock and Indie Music Showcase from
November 28-December 1.
The event comes a year after the first showcase,
focusing only on jazz and world music, where some 40 music industry
representatives from abroad heard sets from 28 leading Israeli ensembles. This
year, over 90 guests, including representatives from the SXSW Festival in
Austin, Texas and the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, are expected to
arrive for the showcases, which will feature dozens of Israeli acts performing
at Levontin 7 in Tel Aviv and The Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem.
the artists will be Dudu Tessa, Barry Sacharov, Avishai Cohen, Eatliz and Boom
Pam. The festival is a joint production of The Yellow Submarine, the Foreign
Ministry and the Culture and Sport Ministry.
Harlem Choir to
harmonize in Israel
The much-lauded Harlem Gospel Choir will make their maiden
voyage to Israel next month for three shows – November 29 at Zappa Tel Aviv,
November 30 at Zappa Herzliya and December 1 at Zappa Jerusalem. Touring with
nine singers and two support musicians, the choir was founded in 1986 by Allen
Bailey and presents the cream of singers from the black churches in the New York
The soulful group has appeared before world leaders from President
Barack Obama to Pope Benedict XVI and has performed with everyone from U2 and
The Chieftains to Jimmy Cliff and Lyle Lovett, with a repertoire ranging from
traditional spirituals to adaptations of songs by Whitney Houston and Michael
Israeli and Munich theater to collaborate
National Theater and Munich’s Residenz Theater are collaborating on an adaption
for the stage of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, in turn based on August Strindberg’s
The Stronger. Habimah’s Yevgenia Dodina and Residenz’ Juliane Kohler play the
leads. Persona tells the story of successful actress Elizabeth who is struck
dumb during a performance, and of Alma, the nurse hired to take care of her.
Performances at Habima start November 11.
Israel Opera season
Israel Opera music director David Stern will conduct the
IO’s season opener of Wozzeck, Alban Berg’s modern classic based on Georg
Buchner’s tale of brutality and exploitation.
To support his family,
Private Wozzeck (baritones Philip Horst, Julian Tovey), works two jobs. He’s
batman to his Captain and experimental guinea-pig to a crazed
But his lover Marie (mezzo Maria Ricarada Wesseling, soprano
Merav Barnea) betrays him. In a fit of jealous rage Wozzeck kills her and is
himself then executed. Performances at the Tel Aviv performing Arts Center are
November 26 – December 1.
Return of Israel Song Festival
Haven’t you longed to write that great Hebrew song? After a 30-year break, the
Israel Song festival has returned.
Channel 1 and Mifal Hapayis are
cosponsoring the festival, that will pick the best Hebrew song from among the
10-12 selected as finalists. The big night will be at the Kiryat Motzkin
auditorium on January 31, 2013, and the big prize is NS 100,000. The deadline
for submission is 4 p.m. on November 29, and you’ll find all you need to know
about the rules at www.iba.org.il.