Arts in Brief

A collection of photographs that relate specifically to religion and water will go on display for a month at the Jerusalem Theater.

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(photo credit: Viva Sarah Press)
New Andy Prize winner named An Israeli jewelry artist has won the 2008 Andy Prize for decorative arts. Esther Knobel was chosen by a prestigious international panel of judges who noted that she "stretches the limits of her discipline... [and] creates a dialogue between the artist, the piece and the user." Now in its third year, The Andrea Bronfman Prize for Decorative Arts, founded by her husband Charles Bronfman, is an annual award for an outstanding Israeli artist in ceramics, jewelry, textile or glass. The winner receives a prize of NIS 50,000, a catalogue and an exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In addition, the Tel Aviv Museum and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem will each purchase one work. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art will host an exhibit of Esther Knobel's work in July 2008. Jerusalem Post staff 'Star' returns home for a night Smadar Yaaron's apocalyptic solo Wish Upon a Star is taking a time out from its well-received appearances at European festivals for a single performance at the Tmuna Theater on December 1. Billed as total theater, Star is a "no-holds-barred, unflinching and very personal view of Israel and Israelis" set to the forbidden music of Wagner. Yaaron is a founding member of the Acre Theater Center and later in December will take Wish Upon a Star to Holland's Dancing on the Edge Festival. Back in August, the Palestinian El Founoun dance company handed festival organizers an ultimatum; they would stay home if Yaaron was invited. The festival's response? Yaaron is coming. - Jerualem Post staff Rest of country gets treated to dance Israel's independent choreographers have formed an association to better promote their productions. For the first time, shows that were in the Curtain Up Dance Festival will also travel. From November 28-30, with help from the Upper Galilee Regional Council, several dance shows will head up to Kfar Blum and from January 13-15 they will be in Eilat. Among the participating shows are Sally Ann Friedland's Concerto for Four Dancers and Orchestra, Nadine Bommer's Manemation, Kazuaria by Renana Raz, Tipa Pupa by Yossi Yungman, Mirror Mirror by Ronit Ziv and Hillel Kogan's After the Bolero. More venues are planned, among them Rosh Ha'ayin, Bet Gabriel on the Carmel, Bet Shean and more. Omanut L'Am, the Arts and Culture Administration and the Ministry of Education are part of this initiative too. Tickets will be priced from NIS 15-40, all with the aim of popularizing our country's liveliest and most innovative performing art. - Helen Kaye Malnovitzer to exhibit in J'lem For the first time in 20 years, Bnei Brak born artist Zvi Malnovitzer is exhibiting his works in Jerusalem at the Mayanot Gallery. The yeshiva student turned controversial artist is known for rooting his paintings in his childhood experiences. Much of his work is also informed by the Talmud and Kabbala. Malnovitzer's work has been sold at public auction through Sotheby's and Christie's in New York and exhibited in Munich, Tokyo, Philadelphia and other major cities. The Mayanot Gallery is located at 28 King George St. - Jerusalem Post staff Where religion and water meet A collection of photographs that relate specifically to religion and water will go on display for a month at the Jerusalem Theater. The photos, taken by Jerusalem Post culture reporter Viva Sarah Press, will go on display for a month beginning December 9. Entitled "AP Dharma" the exhibit comes from two key concepts in Buddhism and Hinduism - "Ap" (water) and "Dharma" (the collective teachings of The Buddha). Hinduism and Buddhism are often referred to as "Holy Water Religions." The photos were taken between the years 2001-2006 in India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Tibet. - Jerusalem Post staff