Weekly wrap-up of cultural events.

The Baroque Orchestra 521 (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Baroque Orchestra 521
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Benayoun in trio time
Stellar vocalist Amir Benayoun will team up with an instrumental threesome for his “Piano Show” concert, which will take place at the Enav Center in Tel Aviv on April 1 (9 p.m.). Benayoun’s playing cohorts for the occasion are pianist Udi Turjeman and violinist Pavel Levin, with the singer’s younger brother Aviv on guitar.
The repertoire for the evening takes in new material as well as some of Benayoun’s biggest hits, such as Ga’agua, Nitzaht Oti Hakol and Shalechet.
For tickets and more information: (03) 574-5005, (03) 521-7763 and
Italian hands-on artist show opens
An intriguing exhibition of works by Italian artist Paolo Troilo opened at the Presler Private Museum on Tel Aviv’s Wolfson Street yesterday, and will run until May 27. The exhibition is the first event to be held in the new Ricklis Wing, and marks Troilo’s debut show in this country.
Over the last decade or so, Troilo has become one of the most talked-about artists on the contemporary European art scene, and has gained a reputation for his dynamic and often strident works. The 41-year-old Italian eschews the conventional tools for applying paint to canvas, and instead creates his works by dipping his fingers into paint and producing his creations in a – literally – hands-on manner.
Troilo’s dramatic works straddle the frontier between painting and photorealism, and convey a strong sense of modern life, with all its tensions and energies.
For more information: (03) 537- 3017 and
New womanly images of old
“The New Ideals: The New Image of the New Woman in Photography” exhibition, which opened at Haifa City Museum last week, offers fascinating insight into how photographers in Germany and Palestine/Israel in the 1930s-1950s viewed the evolving role of women in the societies of each country.
During that time the status of women in both countries underwent numerous changes, which were reflected in photographic imagery; the images mirror the values of the societies in which the photographers and their subjects lived and worked.
Curators Zohar Efron and Anna Georgiev also set out to place the work of the photographers in the context of the social and political continuum, and how gender and national identity are portrayed in art today, and part of the exhibition is devoted to the works of contemporary artists.
“The New Image of the New Woman in Photography” exhibition artist roster includes works by Karim Aboud, known as “the first Palestinian photographer,” who took pictures of women all over the Middle East between 1913 and 1955; Germanborn Jewish photographer Liselotte Grschebina, who was a prominent member of the Palestinian and later Israeli photographic community from the early 1930s; Czechborn photographer Rudi Weissenstein, who took many landmark shots here from 1936; and Hannah and Ephraim Degani, who opened the Photo Prisma photography shop in Jerusalem in the 1940s.
For more information: (04) 911-5888 and
Jerusalem Baroque takes a bow
The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra will join forces with members of Inbal Oshman’s dancing troupe for a performance of M*. The name of the show comes from the letter that is most commonly found in the word for “mother” in different languages.
The show premiered at the largest dance festival in Asia, which took place at the Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts in Bangalore, India. M* is performed by Bosmat Nusan, Ilana Balsan, Shani Ben-Haim and Or Hakim, with early 18thcentury composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater providing the sonic backdrop.
The rare confluence of a dance production and live baroque music will be performed at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv on April 2 (9 p.m.), and at the YMCA in Jerusalem on April 5 (8:30 p.m.).
For tickets and more information: (03) 560-5657 and; and (02) 569-2692 and