Dancing the night away

Highlights for the week at the Israel Festival include an over-head performance, 'uncertainty and danger' as well as fun for all the family.

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra 311 (photo credit: Studio Heikki Tuuli)
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra 311
(photo credit: Studio Heikki Tuuli)
With the Israel Festival in full swing, here are some highlights for the week ahead to look forward to.

The events of the Cunningham Dance Company are usually staged in a museum space and are adapted accordingly.
The Israel Museum will host five one-time, site-specific events, which will bear Merce Cunningham's exclusive signature. They are interspersed with film clips, live music, costumes and stage sets.
When performed in a museum space, the atypical closeness between the dancers and the audience adds a dimension of intimacy, making everyone partners in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event. The events moves around the museum, surprising the audience. The performances require walking and an extended period of standing.
June 9 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., June 10 at 2:00p.m., 4:00 p.m., June 11 at 10:30 p.m. at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Tickets: NIS 280.Approx. 1hr30, no intermission.
A ship in the heart of the sea
A ship in the heart of the sea is the central metaphor of Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor's Ship of Fools. The ship is a temporary narrow space, without a real foothold. The people crowded in the ship are individuals who, due to the circumstances of the journey, gather together as a group.
Ship of Fools demands responses to situations of uncertainty and danger and arouses anticipation and the thrill of the unknown.
June 9 at 9:00 p.m.,Jerusalem Theatre, Rebecca Crown Auditorium. Tickets: NIS90. Approx. 1hr, no intermission.
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Child's story from mature perspective
Yonatan Gefen's Cabbage Child tells of the world of children in a village in the days of the greengrocer; before high-rise apartment buildings there were small houses; before the malls there were trees to climb; mothers knitted sweaters and children played hide-and-seek. One could create other worlds, and imagine far-off and wonderful lands. This is a story of longing - for the village and for lost friends. For friends we have missed out on. For friends whom, if we walked past them, we might only say a polite hello, despite having shared powerful life-altering experiences.
The premiere of Ma'abadatarbut Dimona's Cabbage Child stages the children's story from a mature perspective, accompanied by live music and a troupe of actors who are partners in the exciting creative process.
June 6, 8:00 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre, The New Studio. Tickets: NIS90. Approx. 1hr20. For adult audiences .

Theater and Opera combined
Oedipus 2011 is a unique performance that mixes theater and opera and stages a new interpretation of the classic tragedy, Oedipus Rex. From beginning to end, Oedipus 2011 is musically innovative and is partially sung, partially spoken. There are five actors, five singers and an ensemble of nine musicians. Oedipus 2011 was adapted in cooperation with The Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the Jerusalem Theater Group and the Israel Chamber Orchestra and has received support from the Department of Culture and Sport. 

June 10 at 2:00 p.m., June 11 at 9:00 p.m., Beit Shmuel, Jerusalem. Tickets: NIS90. Approx. 1hr15, no intermission.

A freestyle dive
Hamitzpeh is a freestyle dive into the imaginary world of images of the Clipa Theater, deep into the multi-sensual, abstract, boundless experience of ongoing visions and sound.
Hamitzpeh explores different versions of archetypical dreams of yearning, desire and fear. As though immersed in deep water, the performance begins from a place of non-seeing. The soft floor is for sitting or lying down. The sounds are enveloping and the black space is a magic box of images, dolls and objects – almost entirely black. Black on black, the stage pictures appear from absolute darkness to minimal visibility and tease the observer like the fire sparks of the little match seller.
This unique visual experience has been adapted to the black space of the (former) Tel Ad Studios in the Jerusalem Theater as a salute to the Israel Festival jubilee celebrations.
June 9, 12, 13, 14 at 5:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., June 10 at 1:00 p.m., June 11 at 9:00 p.m.,Jerusalem Theater, The New Studio. Tickets: NIS 100

The performance takes place around and over the heads of the audience. Seating is on mattresses. Limited no. of seats – for those with physical limitations. For prior arrangements: 03- 6879219.

Fun for all the family
A living museum in nature presents "Classical in the Gardens" - classical works of theater, dance and music with an emphasis on trees, swans, butterflies, and other garden dwellers.
The audience is invited to tour the Jerusalem botanical garden and see eight live performances.
June 9, 10 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Tickets: NIS40 (Not included in performance packages.)

Each performance lasts 15 minutes and repeats at brief intervals. There are also art workshops for children and fun garden parties. Warm clothing recommended.

Time for some classics
Almost twenty years after Rachel and Leah, singer Achinoam Nini returns to the Israel Festival, together with her musical partner Gil Dor, in a premiere marking the release of her exciting, new renditions of Israeli classics, "Eretz, Shir".  Nini and Dor are accompanied by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
The performance includes HeHalil, Zemer mapuchit, Yesh ey-sham, Makom le-de’aga, Shir Eres, Laila, Ruach stav, Hayu leilot and many other well-known titles.
Arrangements for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra: Ilan Mochiach, Gil Dor
Conductor: Ilan Mochiach

June 9 at 8:30 p.m., June 11 at 9:30 p.m., Jerusalem Theatre, Henry Crown Concert Hall. Tickets: NIS100/160/190.