Arts in Brief: June 21

Low sales so 10cc cancels shows; Hot Dance Festival to heat up TA; Israel celebrates relations with Spain.

June 20, 2011 22:27
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Low sales so 10cc cancels shows

1970s British rock band 10cc has canceled its two shows scheduled for next week in Israel due to low ticket sales.

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The producers of the shows had already called off the band’s June 28 concert at the Shuni Amphitheater in Binyamina at the beginning of the week, but on Monday, they announced that the remaining show scheduled for June 27 in Tel Aviv was also off. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

• David Brinn

Hot Dance Festival to heat up TA

If you haven’t noticed, the summer has officially begun.

Temperatures are up, air-conditioning units pumping and empty spots at the beach severely rare.


What this means for dance lovers is the start of Tel Aviv’s yearly Hot Dance Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Center.

From July 1 through the end of August, 60 performances engineered by Israeli choreographers will take place in Neveh Tzedek’s picturesque dance capital. The festival will host 20 premiers by local artists such Amir Kolben for Kolben Dance Company, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, and Noa Shadur.

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• Ori J. Lenkinski

Israel celebrates relations with Spain

Israeli musicians Berry Sakharof and Rea Mochiach will breathe new life into the 11th-century poems of Judeo- Spanish poet, Ibn Gavirol (1021-1058), in a series of free concerts in Spain this month. Their show, Adumei Hasefatot, Red Lips, (after one of Ibn Gavirol’s poems), unites the sacred with the profane, folk with avant-garde, and fuses rock music with Golden Age kabbalistic-erotic poetry, with a musical backup that includes oud, cello and piano.

The concerts will take place on June 21 (European Music Day) in Madrid’s Orient Square ; and on June 22 in Cordoba’s Botanical Gardens (as part of the Cordoba Sephardi Music Festival). There will be a further paying concert on June 23 in M’laga, the poet’s birthplace.

• Marion Fischel

Monroe dress fetches record price

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – The pleated ivory dress that blew around Marilyn Monroe in an iconic scene from The Seven Year Itch sold for $4.6 million at a weekend auction of Hollywood costumes – far exceeding its estimate.

The so-called “subway” dress is perhaps the most recognizable in movie history. In Billy Wilder’s 1955 movie, a passing train sent a draft through a grate as Monroe giddily stood above it proclaiming, “Isn’t it delicious?” The William Travilla design was estimated to sell for between $1 million and $2 million, the crown jewel at a 12-hour auction of nearly 600 costumes and pieces of memorabilia being sold by actress Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

Monroe’s red-sequined dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes went for $1.2 million. Its pre-sale estimate was $200,000 to $300,000. Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady, carrying the same estimate, sold for $3.7 million.

The collection featured costumes worn by other Hollywood stars, from Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood and Elizabeth Taylor to Madonna and Mike Myers.

Reynolds, 79, began amassing the impressive collection when she was a young actress under contract at MGM.

When the studio auctioned off everything except its real estate in 1970, she turned a pastime into what she called an “obsession.”

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