Phaza Morgana festival 521.
(photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
For most Israelis, the Negev Desert is the mass that separates Eilat from the
rest of the country, the stretch of road one has to drive through to reach a
long weekend spent on the banks of the Red Sea.
While many deeply
appreciate the beauty of the Negev, few stop to enjoy the many natural wonders
around literally every corner.
Seven years ago, the owners of Israel’s
luxury hotel chain Isrotel decided to create an event that would encourage
locals to take a moment to soak in the glory of the Negev. The result was a
small festival called Phaza Morgana, drawing on the Hebrew term for “mirage.”
This month, Phaza Morgana will draw dance lovers down to the sandy landscape of
historic Timna Park for a weekend of performances, food, wine and
Located 25 miles north of Eilat, Timna Park is one of Israel’s
most scenic sites. A former copper mine, Timna Park’s caves wind through miles
of pressed red sand to create a mystical desert backdrop.
inception, Phaza Morgana has featured the work of Ohad Naharin and his loyal
troupe, the Batsheva Dance Company. For the past several months, Naharin has
been putting together this year’s spectacle, which will include a staged
performance and a number of unique installation pieces around the park. The
Batsheva ensemble will dance Panorama, which was created with Timna Park in
mind, with several guest artists employed by Naharin to enhance the viewer
For the first time, this year’s Phaza Morgana will include a
performance by an international artist – Rafael Amargo. The second night,
entitled Spanish Fiesta Night, and will feature a new production by Spain’s
beloved Amargo and Friends.
Amargo returns to Israel after three years,
during which time he has honed his already edgy flamenco style. Rosso, which
Amargo will unveil in Timna Park, is a blend of traditional flamenco and
contemporary dance, woven together seamlessly by Amargo and his all-star cast.
Nunzio Areni and Antonio Sinagra composed original music for this production.
Following the performance, the audience is invited to an authentic Spanish dance
party that will last through the night, featuring sangria, tapas and a line-up
The third, and final, night of Phaza Morgana features a
performance by Idan Raichel. For this grand show, Raichel has assembled an
orchestra of more than 30 musicians, who will enhance Raichel’s already
largerthan- life sound. As with any Idan Raichel performance, there will surely
be a number of surprises in store for this audience.
weekend, there will be lectures, gaga classes (Ohad Naharin’s movement
technique) and flamenco lessons offered free of charge.
The directors of
Phaza Morgana have made every effort to ensure that their guests will be as
comfortable as possible when watching performances this year. Built especially
for this production, all the seats in the amphitheater have back rests and
armrests. In addition, on all three nights the doors will open from 7 p.m.,
allowing viewers to take in the magical scenery at sunset.
Isrotel has put together a deluxe Phaza Morgana package, which includes three
nights at their Eilat location, tickets to the shows and transportation to and
from the performances.Phaza Morgana will take place September 22-25. For
more information, visit www.phazamorgana.com.