Arts in Brief: October 20

Eilat goes Bollywood; Local theaters honor their own; Belgian dance troupe cancels Israel tour.

Bollywood 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Bollywood 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Eilat goes Bollywood
The second annual Bollywoodiada Festival celebrating Indian culture will take place from January 6-8 at 10 different hotels in Eilat. The two main attractions will be a show on January 6 at the Leonardo Club Hotel featuring Kumar Sanu, one of the leading playback singers in India. He’ll be appearing with a six-piece band, backup singers and guest vocalist Bali Brahmbhatt.
The other must-see show, taking place on January 7 at the Sport Hotel, offers one of the most popular Indian singers, Himesh Reshammiya, in a performance with playback singer Vineet Singh and Vaishali Made, the 2009 winner of India’s American Idol-style competition.
Festival producer Moshe Primosar said that in light of the positive reactions he received about last year’s Bollywoodiada festival, he decided to raise the level of entertainment “to bring for the first time a large number of top-quality Bollywood singers and actors” to Israel.
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David Brinn
Local theaters honor their own
At Beit Lessin
Actress Maya Dagan won this year’s Outstanding Actress prize, one of six awarded by the Beit Lessin Theatrical Excellence Foundation. She received the prize for excellence overall and for her performance in Love Isn’t Everything and Rochele’s Getting Married in particular.
Designer Eran Atzmon, who started his career with the Young B. Lessin (YBL) company, received Outstanding Creator for Spring Awakening and The Banality of Love among others.
The Benny Gaon Scholarship went to YBL actresses Hila Zitun and Dikla Hadar, and the Irit & Moshe Teomim Scholarship went to actor/translator Daniel Efrat for Spring Awakening, which he translated.
Prizes were also awarded to outstanding employees.
The ceremony, held at a private home, was hosted by actress Yona Elian.
At the Habima National Theater
Yevgenia Dodina won the Aharon Meskin Outstanding Actress prize for her tour-de-force turn in Railway to Damascus. Sandra Sadeh won the Hadassa and Rafael Klatchkin Outstanding Actress prize both for equally superb performances in The Same Sea and Dancing and Flying. Other prizes include the Shimon Finkel award to director Shai Fitowsky for his work on The Nose, the Shmuel Segal Prize for Best Actor went to Uri Avrahami for his work in The Seagull, and the whole Young Habima team headed by Maor Zagorri won a special prize for his In the End Someone’s Gonna Die. Director Moshe Kepten and playwright Reshef Levi won the Ora Foundation Prize to promote Israeli plays, and awards also went to outstanding employees. Actor/director Alon Ofir was the host.
Helen Kaye

Belgian dance troupe cancels Israel tour
Due to what are claimed to be technical production difficulties, renowned Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and his dance company, Eastman, has cancelled two shows at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Center next week.
For ticket refunds, call (03) 518-5656.

Jerusalem Post staff