Showtime: Worlds apart

The musical is based on a book by novelist and playwright Elad Weingrad about an Israeli boy who fantasizes about faraway China.

Showtime (photo credit: Nili Maiman)
(photo credit: Nili Maiman)
Worlds Apart The Israel Stage Orchestra will begin its 20th season of family friendly theater concerts on October 27 when it puts on two shows of the original musical, Betah Yesh Yeled (“There’s certainly a child”) at the Tel Aviv Museum (11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). The musical is based on a book by novelist and playwright Elad Weingrad about an Israeli boy who fantasizes about someone just like him in faraway China, who does exactly the same things he does.
Next month’s installment is Mikatze L’katze (“End to end”), which takes place on November 17 and incorporates Western classical music and Eastern music.
Conductor Shmuel Elbaz will take the orchestra, and the audience, on a cross-cultural odyssey to distant worlds by fusing seemingly disparate materials to create a new musical language.
The third slot (December 22) ventures into the world of pop culture with the Yellow Submarine Musical Tour. The ISO’s musical director will be on the conductor’s podium and Beatles repertoire-based Israeli rock group Ummagumma will join in the fray.
The series ends on April 27 with Maurice’s Musical Brush, which is based on material from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel.
For more information: (02) 990- 8676 or
Spain Again
Hangar 11 will go Spanish on October 29 (9 p.m.) when it hosts the Spanish Again concert by Dominican Republic-born jazzoriented pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish Romani flamenco guitarist Tomatito.
Even though the pair have performed and recorded together frequently, they bring very different musical and cultural baggage to their synergy. Camilo incorporates classical music, jazz, Latin rhythms and Caribbean inflections in his output, while Tomatito adheres strictly to the flamenco side of the musical tracks.
But Camilo and Tomatito have evidently managed to find a strong common bond as the material for the forthcoming show comes from the album of the same name, which they recorded six years ago and have performed dozens of times around the world. The album follows an earlier record they made together, called Spain, which brought them a Grammy Award in the Latin music category in 2000.
For tickets and further information: (03) 521-5200, *2274 or
Dancing for fun Michal Herman’s new Plan B dance production, at Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv, puts the accent very much on the comedic side of the performing arts.
Plan B is a comic fantasy designed to introduce the public to the mysteries of contemporary dance. Herman and dance colleague Inbal Shahar walk the audience – literally – through the initial steps of their craft using the oft-practiced but definitively dry routine of flight attendants delivering the safety drill to plane passengers.
The current production provides a vehicle for Herman and Shahar to involve the audience in fathoming the essence of the art form, its relevance and vitality.
Plan B is the story of a dream and its shattering and a search for meaning and order in a world of ever-increasing chaos. The performance includes music by Jacques Loussier and Verdi.
For tickets and more information: (03) 561-1211.
Divine qualities
This week, the “Midaya” exhibition of works from the final projects of art students from the Midrasha Art School of Beit Berl Academic College opened to the public at MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam. The show, which includes works by 13 of the art school’s graduates, is based on an exploration of God’s attributes – “midaya” in Aramaic.
The exhibits come from several disciplines, many of which are based on video art, which feed off a wide range of cinematic genres.
There are also photographic entries that alternate between different time frames and present numerous perspectives of familiar objects. A sculpted item included in the show maintains a dialogue with the world of photography.
For more information: (03) 659- 1140 and