May 30: Arts in Brief

Gilberto Gil back for July show; Israel Museum returns Nazi-Loot; Bloomberg Spring at Simta; The Bolshoi takes over TA

May 29, 2013 21:33
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Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gill 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Gilberto Gil back for July show

Brazilian music icon Gilberto Gil will build on the success of his sold-out 2011 show in Ra’anana by returning for a show at the Ashdod Amphitheater on July 30.

Known equally for his musical innovation and his political commitment, the 71-year-old Gil is called the “Bob Dylan of Brazil.” He was instrumental in modernizing Brazilian music, combining the traditional baiao rhythms with reggae, funk and rock. Since breaking out internationally at the 1978 Montreaux Jazz Festival, Gil has has become an internationally revered star.

Gil will be performing with a six-piece band on his return trip to Israel as a part of a tour titled Gilberto Gil for All, encompassing hits from his lengthy career.

David Brinn

Israel Museum returns Nazi-Loot

The Israel Museum bought back a landscape by Max Liebermann after returning it to the heir of Max Cassirer, a Jewish businessman from whom the painting was looted by the Nazis more than 70 years ago. Garden in Wannsee is the most important Liebermann landscape in its collection, the Jerusalem-based museum said in a statement sent by email today.

A photograph discovered in 2012 showed the painting as it was displayed in Cassirer’s Berlin home before the theft. Cassirer fled Nazi Germany in 1939, first to Switzerland and then to Britain, the museum said. Seized by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, a Nazi art-confiscation unit, the 1923 landscape resurfaced at the end of the war and was handed to the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization. The Israel Museum showed it in its 2008 “Orphaned Art” exhibition featuring works looted during World War II and brought to Israel. 

Bloomberg Spring at Simta

From May 30 to June 1 the Simta Theater in Old Jaffa will hold its annual spring festival with seven new plays, five of them in competition and two as staged readings.

The festival opens with the 3,600th performance by Niko Nitai, artistic director of Simta for 15 years, of The Fall by Albert Camus. Nitai first performed The Fall in the 1970s to ecstatic reviews and it has been running ever since.

The competition plays include Oedipus – the True Story by Ron Yeshua, a new take on the Sophocles classic, Play Because, a movement theater piece written and performed by Shani Blau, and The Center for Experimentation and Wonder by Guy Kapulnik on sociological research into relationships. Other plays are King. Yes, Yes, King by Shaz, and Stage in Life by Dorit Shamron, a movement theater piece. Tickets are from NIS 20 – NIS 80 and The Fall is free, but reservations are necessary. Jerusalem Post staff

The Bolshoi takes over TA

Moscow’s mighty Bolshoi Theater will present its signature production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the opera house of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center from June 24 to July 7.

The Bolshoi is coming with its orchestra, choir and soloists to make its local debut at the Israel Opera. Vasili Sinaiski and Alan Buribaev are the conductors and the production is designed and directed by Dmitri Tchemiakov.

Tchaikovsky based the opera on Alexander Pushkin’s (1799-1837) great narrative poem of that name, and much of it is quoted in the libretto. Onegin premiered to acclaim at the Bolshoi in 1881.

The opera tells the story of Tatyana (Tatiana Monogarova, Ekaterina Shcherbanchenko) and Onegin (Aodun Iverson, Vlacheslav Solimsky). Bored city playboy Onegin is visiting his friend Lensky and his fiancée Olga at their parents’ country estate. Olga’s sister, Tatyana falls in love with him but Onegin spurns her. To tease his friend, he flirts with Olga, but the flirt has tragic consequences which ends with Onegin killing Lensky in a duel, then fleeing abroad.

Years later Onegin returns to discover that Tatyana is now a general’s wife and a great lady. The biter bit, Onegin declares his love for Tatyana, but she will have none of him, though she loves him still. • Helen Kaye

‘Secret Garden’ comes to Jerusalem \

Encore! Educational Theater Company presents The Secret Garden, a hauntingly beautiful musical for all ages based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Mary Lenox, orphaned by an epidemic in India, brings new life to a garden in North Yorkshire that has been locked up for 10 years and in doing so restores her soul and those of all around her.

Directed by Robert Binder and Paul Salter, with a cast of 40 and orchestra of 12. Performances on June 4 and 6 at 8 p.m., June 5 at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Hirsch Theater, Beit Shmuel, 6 Shama Street, Jerusalem. Tickets online at or call (054) 578- 9006 or (02) 620-3463.  Jerusalem Post staff

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