Jerusalem Theater’s outdoor plaza comes alive

The 5th Annual End of Summer Festival at the Jerusalem Theater included something for the entire family.

By LOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
August 30, 2011 10:34
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Jerusalem Theater’s End of Summer Festival

Jerusalem Theater’s End of Summer Festival 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Jerusalem Theater’s End of Summer Festival included music, dance, theater, cinema, video art, animation, pyrotechnics & laser shows - something for the entire family.

The 5th Annual End of Summer Festival, which took place in the Jerusalem Theater’s outdoor plaza, was a superb way to end the summer on a high. The multi-cultural festival offered a spectacular program that combined premiere performances by leading artists and original works produced especially for the festival.

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Each evening, 2,000 people flocked to the Jerusalem Theater in the picturesque neighborhood of Talbiyeh. Parents and children enjoyed the “Towards Sunset” program with magical childrens shows from leading Israeli childrens theaters adapted for the outdoors as well as unique and creative animation works.

After the kids went off to bed, those in the mood to party arrived for “After Sunset” and a host of impressive world-class performances in the outdoor theater square. These included a premiere of “Babel” by Dance Company, Kolben Dance; Pyromania’s first performance in "Cease fire" and "The bench" by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak.

Other cultural attractions over the course of the festival included the play "Miracles and Wonders" (an adaptation of Leah Goldberg's work), "The Beatles" from the Kibbutz Theater, and "The Jungle Book". An electric vibe was created with the musical quintet Mother Theresa appearing with a performance of Dr. Seuss, along with break-dancers, a rhythmic quartet, mime and splendid satirical street theater.

The festival brought performing arts and arts on the screen together with an outdoor screening of Hollywood movies, Rango and True Grit. Many clearly loved the extraordinary experience of watching a movie under the stars.

“This festival is for the people of Jerusalem,” says Adi Sheffi, Public Relations Manager at Jerusalem Theater. “After a few months of exciting activities in Jerusalem, we wanted to end the summer together with a rich program at a reasonable price.”

The climax of the festival was a refreshing performance on the last evening by Tziporela, a popular comedy theater group. Bigger, better and more original than previous years, the End of Summer Festival was sold out each night.

The End of Summer Festival in Jerusalem began on Tuesday August 23 and ran until Thursday August 25.

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