1. HAUTE COUTURE
The film Phantom Thread is set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, where renowned designer Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, socialites and debutantes. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps.
2. A MOVING DOCUMENTARY
The premiere screening of HBO’s documentary film The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm will be aired in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film, by Emmy award-winning director Amy Schatz, presents a conversation between a boy and his greatgrandfather, an Auschwitz survivor. It is interwoven with historical footage and animation to tell the heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, sharing lessons from the Holocaust with a new generation. In English.January 27 at 9:35 p.m. on YES Docu and YES VOD
3. CONTEMPORARY ‘SWAN’
The Israel Ballet World premiere, White Swan, a modern take on Swan Lake, combines classical ballet with contemporary dance. This adaptation of the classic work set to Tchaikovsky’s music has two acts. Act 1 comprises the second act of the original ballet Swan Lake, to the choreography of Lev Ivanov. Act 2 comprises is original choreography for the Israel Ballet by Adonis Foniadakis, based on a free and contemporary interpretation.January 27 at 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre
4. SHANI CONDUCTS THE IPO
Young Israeli conductor Lahav Shani, who was recently named successor of Zubin Mehta as musical director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducts the orchestra in a series of concerts hosting violinist Christian Tetzlaff and flutist Yossi Arenheim. On the program: Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2; Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.
January 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., Charles Bronfman Auditorium, Tel Aviv
5. VIRTUOSO CONCERT
The Virtuosos of Moscow orchestra, comprised of leading musicians, performs a concert with soloist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov and soloist Hibla Gerzmava (star of the Metropolitan Opera). On the program: Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Major; Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C Minor; and opera classics with some special surprises for the Israeli audience.January 28 at 8:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre
6. FABULOUS FLAMENCO MUSIC
Flamenco guitarist and composer Noa Drezner presents Flamenco Project, an exciting Israeli-Spanish performance that connects the musical traditions of classical Spanish flamenco with her own original works, adding modern and innovative elements to this glorious tradition. With drummer Aviv Cohen; vocalist Yehuda (Shuki) Shweiki; bass guitarist Ivri Borochov; flutist Yishai Ben-Yaakov.
February 1 at 8:30 p.m., Confederation House, Jerusalem
7. CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Bass singer Denis Sedov joins musical director and conductor Benjamin Yusupov and the Israel Soloists Ensemble for an exceptional chamber music concert. On the program: Yusupov’s Memories, Crossroads No.6; Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death for Bass and Chamber Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan” (arranged for 16 musicians).February 6 at 8:30 p.m., Tel Aviv Museum of Art
8. FLUTE FOURSOME
Ensemble Phoenix of early instruments, with musical director Myrna Herzog, performs the complete flute quartets by Mozart. Although Mozart referred to the flute as “an instrument I cannot bear,” he wrote wonderful music for it in his symphonies, concertos and operas. With classical flutist Moshe Aron Epstein; violinist Tali Goldberg; violist Rachel Ringelstein; and cellist Myrna Herzog.February 7 at 8:30 p.m., Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv; February 10 at 8:30 p.m., Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa
9. TIME AND SPACE
In the exhibition “Motion Trap,” artists Samah Shihadi and Michael Halak deal with movement and transition, two concepts which the artists examine from different perspectives and interpret in diverse ways. Shihadi is concerned with physical movement involved in dance, while Halak has long been discussing issues of transition, memory and the relationship between man and place.Idris Gallery, 8 Mendele Mocher Sfarim St., Tel Aviv. www.idris.space
10. RED-LETTER DAYS
The annual Darom Adom Festival returns as the northern Negev becomes blanketed with a magnificent array of scarlet anemones. To celebrate this spectacle, the festival presents four weekends of family-orientated activities in the Eshkol Region. This year’s festival features mountain bike marathons, poetry readings, concerts every Thursday by Israeli artists and much more.February 1-3; 8-10; 15-17; 22-24. For more information, as well as lodging options, restaurants and attractions, call (08) 994-9374.