The Cameri takes on Pink Floyd
The Israel Cameri Orchestra has invested over NIS 1m. in producing the Israeli version of "Pink Floyd and the Wall." Over 70 people are involved in the production, including musicians, orchestra members, the children's choir Bat Kol, actors and extras. The part of Roger Waters is being played by the performer Olive with the Oblins band by his side. The first show is on July 19 at Tel Aviv's Hangar 11. Shows on July 20, 21, 26, and 31 follow in Tel Aviv, Binyamina, Ra'anana and Jerusalem. Ticket prices range between NIS 99-189 and discounts of up to NIS 75 can be obtained with Isracard points.
Miriam A. Shaviv
Kidney transplant TV show a hoax
A television show based out of Amsterdam, in which a woman would donate a kidney to a contestants, was revealed as a hoax Friday.
Shortly before the controversial program was to air, Patrick Lodiers of the Big Donor Show said the woman was not actually dying of a brain tumor and the entire exercise was intended to put pressure on the government and raise awareness of the need for organs.
The three prospective recipients were real patients in need of transplants and had been in on the hoax, the show said. The program concept had received widespread criticism for being tasteless and unethical.
But Lodiers said that it was "reality that was shocking" because around 200 people die annually in the Netherlands while waiting for a kidney, and the average waiting time is more than four years. Under Dutch rules, donors must be friends, or preferably, family of the recipient. Meeting on a TV show wouldn't qualify.
During the show, 25 kidney patients were vetted by "Lisa," and most were quickly dismissed for being too old, too young, smokers, ex-smokers or unemployed. Contestants gave moving pleas for why they should receive the organ.
Viewers were called on to express an opinion or vote for their favorite candidate by SMS text message for 47 cents. The Royal Netherlands Medical Association, known by its Dutch acronym KNM, had urged its members not to participate and questioned whether the program might just be a publicity stunt. - AP
Klipa brings foreigners to festival
Klipa Aduma is a pun on "Kipa Aduma," the Hebrew name for Red Riding Hood. It's also the name of a two week festival of visual theater and performance art by visiting and local practitioners that the Klipa Theater is hosting from June 13-30 in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ashkelon.
The visitors are Akhe from Russia, coming with their signature piece, "White Cabin," France's Materia Prima who are bringing "Eternal 1," the first part of a trilogy that will have its world premiere next year, and butoh dancer Kudo Taketero from Japan with "Jinuri Shi" that is having its world premiere at this festival.
Akhe (est.1989) specializes in the manipulation of objects and space. "White Cabin" premiered in 1996. It doesn't tell a story, rather with the aid of objects, humor, movie and video montages, imagination and three remarkable creator/performers, it comments on everything from male egos to work and art.
Materia, founded in 1992, is a group that takes human movement to the outer limits and in "Eternal"it seeks to juxtapose the conflict of cosmic infinity with humanity's finite existence and ardor for immortality.
Kudo and Klipa are old friends and colleagues. They've collaborated twice before, notably on "Exploded Views," but this time he's appearing solo and his "Jinuri Shi" is subtitled "The History of the Human Race."
Local performers include the Arma Group creating an interactive evening of clowning and improvisation, "Teatron Haguf" (Body Theater) showcasing some of its short pieces and an evening with three of Klipa's company members presenting their own visual theater shorts.
And for all you night owls, Kudo, Materia and Klipa will collaborate in a salute to the color red (adom/aduma = red) in a free street theater show at 11pm on Rothschild Blvd. as part of Tel Aviv's "White Night" celebration.
- Helen Kaye