Idit Herman reinterprets Purim 311.
(photo credit: Yisrael Melubani)
Of all the holidays on the Jewish calendar, Purim is by far the silliest.
Costumes, noisemakers and cookies can bring out the child in even the toughest
grown-up. And like most nationally declared days of fun, making a decision about
where to let your wigged hair down is always tricky. With so much going on, how
does one choose?
Tonight, if you are anywhere near the Bursa in Ramat Gan, the
choice is simple. Kicking off this weekend of religious festivities is a
one-time event brought to you by the Clipa Theater and the Ramat Gan
municipality. Several months ago, a representative approached Idit Herman,
artistic director and founder of the Clipa Theater, from Ramat Gan. She was
asked to create a performance worthy of Purim. Together with
collaborators and performers from Clipa Theater, she has put together a modern,
joyful and uplifting evening that will get anyone off to a good Purim
The Glitz will take place outdoors, on a huge catwalk that has
been erected along Betsalel Street. This runway will serve as a stage for the 15
dancers and five musicians of The Glitz. Tonight will be a great time to check
out the new Bursa compound, which, in Herman’s eyes, has great
As is custom, each year, we retell the story of
The ritual of the “Purim Spiel” or reenactment of the Megillah
can take on many forms. For the 2011 Purim play, Herman reinterpreted the tale,
looking closely at the many themes, which are still relevant in our daily lives.
Her multi-media, multi-genre vision of the Megillah incorporates dance, theater,
music and spoken- word.
She separated the story into four sections: the
presence of money in modern life, women and feminist sentiments, street-life and
the power of the masses and aesthetics, fashion and art. For each section,
Herman selected colors and images that evoke the theme.
“We didn’t stay
very close to the story,” explained Herman in a recent interview with the
“One of the major elements of this show is
fashion. Each dancer is covered in body paint. Every painting has a
meaning,” said Herman.
In the beginning of the performance, the dancers’
bodies are painted in business-suits, which represent the financial, commercial
side of society.
“The dancers are surrounded by hundreds of green apples.
They chase after the apples and eventually, become exhausted from this frenzy,”
she said. Later in the show, four dancers vie for the attention of the audience,
clad in hundreds of diamonds.
This narrative dance is accompanied by the
musical styling of Yonatan Kunda and Neta Weiner. Kunda and Weiner are both
members of the Tel Aviv rap group System Ali.
“Yonatan has been a member
of Clipa for a long time,” explained Herman.
Throughout the show, Weiner,
Kunda and three other musicians will rap, sing, play and perform spoken word.
All of the music was written specifically for this one-night-only
“We brought in lots of extra performers for this piece. It’s
a very big production,” said Herman, “and it’s something that will not continue
Clipa’s performance will be followed by a live show by the
Giraffot.The Glitz begins at 7:30 p.m. on Betsalel Street in Ramat Gan.
For more info visit www.clipa.co.il