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Sderot's Cinema South pushes forth
While the Kassam missiles have been falling on Sderot, the Sderot Cinematheque's Cinema South Festival opened as planned on Monday and runs through Friday. This year, its opening event, called "Adamai," featured the film, Nuzhat al Fouad, by Judd Ne'eman. Starring Yael Hadar, Muhammad Bakri and Efrat Gosh, it tells the story of an actress stricken with cancer who finds her life changing in unexpected ways when she goes to live in a hospice. Shlomo Gronich and Lovana Salma hosted Efrat Gosh at the screening. Again, this year, the festival is sponsored by the Sderot Cinematheque and Sapir College. The festival highlights films detailing aspects of life among Jews from all over the world, Arabs, and citizens of other nations in the Southern hemisphere, with a focus on Brazil this year. Participants in the festival's workshops and special programs include director Avi Nesher, actor/director Assi Dayan, and director Aner Preminger. For more information, call 08-680-1549 or go to www.csf.sapir.ac.il - Hannah Brown
Klipa tackles Orpheus
According to Greek legend, Orpheus played music so beautifully that trees bent to listen, birds stopped singing to hear him better and the very rocks moved. And when the Underworld claims his Eurydice after a snake bites her, Orpheus wins her freedom provided he does not look at her before they reach the outer world. But consumed by love and longing, he glances back and she is lost to him forever.
Now Klipa Theater founders Idit Herman and Dmitri Tulpanov have taken the Orpheus legend and from it fashioned a show that premiered in Tokyo last month to rapturous reviews. The piece employs live music, by Tulpanov, dance, puppets and objects and tells the story without a single word. Tulpanov and Herman worked with Russian sculptor and theater artist Pavel Samchenko from the Russian theater group AKHE to find new ways of making theater through the use of objects, and achieved a visual breakthrough. Orpheus opens on June 23 for five performances at the Klipa Theater in Tel Aviv. â€¢ Helen Kaye
Bartolina at Batsheva dance
Bartolina by Batsheva in-house choreographer Sharon Eyal will have its premiere on July 10 at Suzanne Dellal in Tel Aviv. Bartolina is her first full-length work for the company. Eyal's dance language includes references to African and Spanish folkdance, to pop and nightclub culture that combine "to create a dance that pushes her dancers to the limit in a frenetic swirl of changing and illusive shapes in space." Eyal, 33, collaborated with DJ Uri Lichtik and Ohad Fishoff on the eclectic sound track. The costumes, designed specifically for each individual dancer, are a collage of pictures by Miki Avni and Jan Sorkin, a team of architects and interior designers that have never worked on dance before. This is Eyal's fourth piece for Batsheva Dance. Others includes Quiet Village and Love (2003) that will go the the Montpellier International Dance Festival at the end of this month. - Helen Kaye
Hasfari directs for the kids
Prize-winning local playwright Shmuel Hasfari also writes for kids. He will direct his 1989 play, Shimshon bar Lashon, on the power of words and the beauties of the Hebrew language, in a revival that premieres at Mediateque, Holon on July 7. The play tells the story of Shimshon, the least liked kid in class, who dreams that he becomes a knight in the service of Queen Hebrew and must protect her against the monster that seeks to swallow her up. The successful Moshav Letzim clown trio, Kobi Marciano, Hai Davidov and Yaniv Nahmias together with Adi Ratzon play all the parts. Hasfari's previous works for children include Laugh Monster and the Rainbow in the Clouds (Keshet Be'anan) children's TV show. - Helen Kaye
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