Not to be outdone by their coastal counterparts' annual Bat Yam Street Festival, Jerusalemites get their first-ever street theater this Succot.
Two international acts headline the diverse line-up of artists slated for the Virtuoso Street Festival taking place this Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the city's Liberty Bell Park (Gan Hapa'amon).
Italian puppeteer Laura Kibel performs her award-winning play Gone with the Feet - an innovative show featuring the actress's feet, legs, arms and stomach as main characters and using only rubber noses and doll dresses as props.
This simple but ingenious technique brings the puppets to life, creating the impression that there are many artists performing. The result is a charming and graceful piece that is both humorous and poignant.
French duo Hocus Pocus offers a fresh take on the clown craft. The two brothers, graduates of Paris's prestigious Lido Street Theater School, perform a series of whacky, contemporary sketches to the beat of reggae, rock & roll and punk symphonic orchestra.
Particularly noteworthy is "Siamese Twins," a comic depiction of the trials facing conjoined twins attempting to live in harmony - an extreme reflection on the difficulties we all experience in our daily lives.
A highlight of the Israeli contributions is The Red Nose Cabaret. This nail-biting spectacle is complete with sword swallowing, trapeze artists, juggling and more. Through these circus acts, the audience is given insight into the relationships between the nine artists, each of whom has taken on the persona of a traditional fictional character. Among the roles represented are the valiant hero, the beautiful princess, the evil villain and the comic sidekick.
Juggling enthusiasts can brush up on their skills at workshops run by the Jerusalem Juggling Club. The group - whose occupations range from hi-tech employees to yeshiva students - convenes regularly and performs colorful, fast-paced demonstrations.
Street culture meets street theater thanks to a variety of dynamic hip-hop and break dancing acts that provide a taste of New York ghetto life. Other shows include fire eaters, acrobatic displays and unicyclists.
There is a fee for the performances in the circus tent and in the amphitheater, while all the other acts in the park are free.
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