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Over the years, we’ve had some of the greatest names in the performing arts
world appearing at or sending work to the Israel Festival: violinist Isaac
Stern, cellist Pablo Casals, director Peter Brook, Dizzy Gillespie, Stephane
Grapelli, the Kirov Ballet, the Leipzig Opera, Sankai Juko, who introduced
Japanese butoh to an amazed audience – so many.
There have been our own,
too, more and more over the years.
William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet
came in 1990 In 1991, the year of the Gulf War, we had the wacky Archaos circus
and Russia’s famed Derevo theater (from whom we inherited Clipa’s Dmitri
Tulpanov). Merce Cunningham came that year too, still dancing at over 70.
Flautist James Galway came in 1992, and the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by
Ricardo Muti, and the Red Army Choir. In 1993 we got Greek icon Mikis
Theodorakis, guitarist Pat Metheny, as well as both the Vienna State Opera with
The Magic Flute
from Opera di Verona.
In 1994 we also hosted
guitarist Julian Bream and theater artist Robert Wilson and his eerily lovely
Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights
Peter Brook brought The Man Who from his
Bouffe du Nord
Theater in 1995.
In 1998, Israel’s jubilee year, we
celebrated our own great ones, such as playwright Nissim Aloni and
singer/sonwriter Naomi Shemer. Soprano Kathleen Battle came that year, as
did Holland’s famed Concertgebouwe orchestra.
In the first years of the
new century, we’ve had such artists as dancer Akram Khan, the clown Familie
Floez, the Spanish National Ballet, pianist Andras Schiff, the Bill T.Jones
Dance Company, and ever increasingly our own cultural splendors.
had The Child Dreams
by Hanoch Levin, Yehuda Poliker, the Batsheva and Kibbutz
Dance Companies, the hopeful Arab/Jewish Romeo and Juliet, Ahinoam Nini (she’s
back this year), Hanan Snir’s The Dybbuk
(a tribute to Habima’s first production
in the then Palestine), percussionist Hen Zembalista, the Clipa Theater, Dori
Parnes and Poet in New York
, Amit Drori’s Terminal
, a tribute to Moshe Willensky
and the list goes on.
The Israel Festival opens a window for Israelis on
the world’s cultural treasures and shows our best and most attractive face to