Arts in Brief: March 28

Laurie Anderson returns for two shows; local theaters begin new productions; 10cc to make Israel debut.

Laurie Anderson returns for two shows
Multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson is returning to Israel for two shows – June 17 at the Shoni Amphitheater in Binyamina and June 19 at Hechal Hatarbut in Tel Aviv. The 64-year-old musician will be performing her latest theatrical work, Delusion, which was commissioned by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and debuted last year at the Vancouver Olympic Games.
Featuring multiple video screens and Anderson on violin and ‘electronic puppetry,’ Delusion is conceived as a series of short mystery plays focusing on longing, memory and identity.
Initially focusing on experimental, avant-garde music, Anderson broke into the mainstream in 1981 when her single “O Superman” reached number two on the UK pop charts. She also starred in and directed the popular 1986 concert film Home of the Brave.
Anderson last performed in Israel in 2008, and before that in 1992. She’s married to rock legend Lou Reed, who if he accompanies his wife to Israel as he did in 2008, will be in Tel Aviv at the same time as his contemporary Bob Dylan, who’s performing on June 20 at Ramat Gan Stadium.
• David Brinn
Local theaters begin new productions
The Cameri Theater and the Jerusalem Khan both have new productions. At the Cameri it’s Yehoshua Sobol’s A Perfect Husband, his localized take on An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. In it, as in the original, a blast from the past threatens to derail the career, marriage and life of infrastructure minister Robby Koor. His best friend Guri comes charging to the rescue and averts disaster.
At the Khan, artistic director Micki Gurevitch will direct a revival of Ya’akov Shabtai’s Eating that had its premiere at the Jerusalem Theater in 1979; Gesher’s Yevgeny Arie directed a production there in 1998.
The play is built around the story in Kings of Naboth’s vineyard. Here too the subject is corruption, as well as the illegal seizure of land. Both plays open this week
• Helen Kaye
10cc to make Israel debut
The notion that the musical summer of 2011 in Israel will take place in a 30-year time lapse received more ammunition last week with the announcement that 1970s humorous art rockers 10cc is joining the list of old timers like Marc Almond, the remaining Doors, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bryan Ferry, Caravan, George Benson, Megadeth and Bob Dylan in turning back the sands of time.
The British quartet, three quarters of which emerged from the Manchester Jewish community, filled a welcome niche with their sharp, witty songs like “The Wall Street Shuffle,” “The Things We Do for Love” and the oft-covered “I’m Not in Love.”
The only original member remaining is co-founder Graham Gouldman, who even before forming 10cc had been established pop songwriter, penning hits like “For Your Love” for The Yardbirds, “Look Through Any Window,” “Bus Stop” for The Hollies and “No Milk Today” for Herman’s Hermits.
Gouldman and his refurbished 10cc will be performing on June 27 at Hechal Tarbut in Tel Aviv and June 28 at the Shoni Amphitheater in Binyamina.
• David Brinn