(photo credit: Courtesy)
Mein Jerusalem is subtitled ‘a performance by Sabine Sauber’ who is, as the
program informs us, “a photographer/ conceptual artist born and raised in
Except that she isn’t. Sabine Sauber is a construct, a
concept in a performance art piece created by director Eyal Weiser and
immaculately realized by actress/artist Michal Weinberg.
clever. In the theater lobby, there is an exhibition of Sabine’s photos,
actually shot by Rami Maymon. The set by Yinon Peres that looks like a wooden
fence – a reminder of The Wall between West and East Berlin that was so
dramatically pulled down in 1989 – is converted into a series of tabletops that
hold the shoe-boxes bearing the bits and piece of Sabine’s life.
video – shot “by chance” – of the toppling of the Berlin Wall marks the start of
her career as a photographer, and the shoe-boxes provide the historical and
psychological background to the various phases of that career.
comes into the picture when Sabine meets Elad, an Israeli. For the first time in
her alienated, torn, narcissistic life, Sabine feels loved, almost secure. She
comes with Elad to Jerusalem, and returns there after they have split up – he
wants a family, she’s afraid – where she commits suicide. Or does she? The
viewer vacillates. Is this or is this not a real person? After all, the program
and the exhibits on stage chronicle her life. And that is precisely the point,
made with enormous sophistication; with enough care, enough preparation, enough
daring any lie can become truth.Tmuna Theater, July 20
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