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The free Muses on Succot festival seems to have practically every cultural and artistic base covered. The annual event, now in its sixth year in Shoham, offers multidisciplinary entertainment and activities for all the family.
The idea behind the festival derives from the ushpizin custom of welcoming guests into the succa, with each tabernacle based on a different area of the arts. The Muses program includes dance, theater, music, environmental activities, sculpting and all manner of interactive activities.
The guest list includes the likes of rocker Si Hyman performing Hebrew pop and folk songs, with A Star Is Born participants Shira Hen and Orly Gauta joining in. Meanwhile, journalist/artist Jackie Levy will entertain with some witty observations about Succot as singer Ariel Horowitz provides the musical backdrop.
Patrons with a bent for ethnic music will dig the concert by percussionist Erez Monk, guitarist/oud player Elon Campino and wind instrumentalist Eyal Sela. They will play a wide range of ethnic works mixed with explanations about the instruments they use and stories from around the world.
Those keen to get even better acquainted with instruments should note Danny Meisel's spot. A long-time collector of musical instruments and a researcher of cultures, he will enlighten the public about the origins and characteristics of the various instruments and give the audience a hands-on playing experience.
There's more audience participation at the Folk Puppet Revival event, featuring Karmit's Puppet Show - a mix of folk, rock & roll and theater with a generous helping of improvisation. And in case anyone starts to lose sight of the time of year, actor/director/storyteller Ran Vered will relate Jewish folklore and traditions connected to Succot. Kids get to make succa decorations.
A truly intriguing event at Muses, at least in logistical terms, is the Kolban dance company's show, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Ducking. Audience members will have to negotiate a maze to reach the arena before they can enjoy this humorous, high-energy production.
Admission to Muses is free.
For more information, call (03) 972-3001 or visit www.shoham.muni.il
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