Israeli culture gets kudos in Germany

Habima's production of Third Generation wins First Prize at Berlin’s Kontrapunkt Festival.

May 9, 2010 03:08
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Israeli culture gets kudos in Germany

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The Habima production of Third Generation by Yael Ronen won First Prize last week at Berlin’s Kontrapunkt Festival, a joint Polish/German festival that showcases what it considers the most significant plays in Europe.

Produced jointly with Berlin’s Schaubühne Theater, Third Generation, played in English, takes on the Holocaust, German-Jewish relationships, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, interaction among Germans and Germans, Jews and Jews, Muslim and Christian Arabs, and each with the other of whatever nationality. It skewers absolutely everything – all sacred perceptual cows – and subjects them to merciless scrutiny. It is very funny.

Since its Berlin premiere in 2009, 3G has played all over Europe and here – some 70 shows in all – and will participate in Berlin’s Theatertreffen Festival this month.

At Heidelberg’s Stückemarket (Play Market) Festival, the sold-out performances of Savyon Librecht’s The Banality of Love, from Beit Lessin, got such a rave reception from audience and critics that the play has been invited to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hannover. Banality traces the 50 year relationship between the Nazi-sympathetic philosopher Martin Heidegger and his most brilliant student, the writer Hannah Arendt.

Finally, the Kibbutz Dance Company has come home from its resounding triumph at the Wolfsburg Festival, where it danced Infrared and Black Garden, the latter commissioned especially for the festival. All performances were sold-out ahead of time.

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