SHOWTIME: Legendary Yids

Shimon Dzigan and Israel Shumacher are probably the most famous Yiddish duo in history.

Yiddish 370 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Yiddish 370
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Shimon Dzigan and Israel Shumacher are probably the most famous Yiddish duo in history. The Polish twosome began performing in films and stage shows in their native Poland in the late 1920s, and later in the USSR, Israel and all over the world.
Now their humor and artistry will be presented in a more contemporary manner, courtesy of writers B. Michael and Ephraim Sidon, in the form of the “Dzigan and Shumacher”” Yiddishpiel Theater musical comedy, which will run at various venues around the country, starting at ZOA House in Tel Aviv on October 4. There will also be shows at the Haifa Auditorium, Naim Letarbut Auditorium in Ashdod, Performing Arts Center in Beersheba, Hechal Hatarbut Yad Lebanim in Ra’anana and the Jerusalem Theater, with the current run ending at the Azorei Yad Lameginim hall at Kibbutz Yagur on December 29.
Michael and Sidon’s script feeds off the original Dzigan and Shumacher material and slapstick style, but offers a sort of retrospective look at the duo’s work with, naturally, plenty of satirical seasoning.
The new Yiddish-language production, with Hebrew and Russian subtitles, is directed by Yiddishpiel Theater founder Shmuel Atzmon-Wircer, and stars iconic 82-year-old Yiddish actor and comedian Yaakov Bodo, TV personality Dovale Glickman and the director’s actresssinger daughter Anat Atzmon.
For tickets and more information: (03) 525-4660, exts. 1-2
Esti Zafrani-Sandler will perform her show Why Jeans? at the Felicja Blumental Center in Tel Aviv on October 4 at 4 p.m.
The solo show, which Zafrani-Sandler wrote and in which she acts and sings, relates the story of her life as well as some of her dreams.
Why Jeans?, which is directed by Rachel Shor, feeds off the actress’s time as a chemistry teacher who eventually achieves her ambition of becoming an actress. The cabaret-style production incorporates dance, song and comedy seasoned with plenty of pathos, as the Latvia-born Zafrani-Sandler invites her audience to celebrate the sensuous side of life along with transient pain.
Zafrani-Sandler will be accompanied by Arnon Ziv on piano.
For tickets and more information: (03) 620-1185
The cinematheques of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa will host a tribute to 69-year-old Swiss movie director Xavier Koller from October 1 to 5.
Over the last four decades, Koller has directed and written a wide range of works, starting with his 1972 drama Hannibal, Gripsholm released in 2000, and last year’s Someone Like Me.
The festival will open in Jerusalem with Journey of Hope, which brought Koller the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990, and was a Swiss-Turkish-British coproduction.
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The “What Is to Become?” photography exhibition, currently running at the Binyamin Gallery in Tel Aviv, offers the public eclectic viewing and, according to curator Etty Schwartz, a fresh perspective on time. In the catalogue notes, Schwartz observes that while photography is a means of freezing a moment, time marches on so that the captured image provides us with a vehicle for examining the way the world, and ourselves, change.
The show features works by a wide range of artists, who bring all kinds of disciplines and cultural baggage to their offerings, and include Rea Ben-David, Baruch Rafiach, Nurit Yarden, Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Michal Keren, Miri Kahani and Noa Ben-Nun Melamed.
“What Is to Become?” closes on October 12.
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Next week local classical music fans will be able to enjoy the fruits of a unique Israeli-German musical synergy, when the Weimar-Jerusalem Project kicks off. The venture comprises a confluence between young musicians from Germany and Israel with, as the project information has it, “a story in sound, dedicated to the history of Jewish composers in central Europe from the end of the 18th century up to the Holocaust – the event that would sever the continuity of their involvement and contribution.”
The on-stage proceedings will be presided over by German conductor Michael Sanderling and will feature works by 20th century German Jewish composer Berthold Goldschmidt, who lived most of his life in Britain, Mendelssohn, Mahler and Shostakovich.
Concerts will take place at the Tel Aviv Museum (October 1), Rapaport Hall in Haifa (October 2) and the Jerusalem Theater (October 3).
For more information: 054-929-3405.
For tickets: Tel Aviv *9066 and www.; Haifa (04) 833-8888; and Jerusalem (02) 560-5755.