From the Opera to the theater, a look at some of the cultural events ahead.

Silhouette of a musician playing the saxophone (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Silhouette of a musician playing the saxophone
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Fall in the desert
If you fancy getting away from it all, and chilling out in the tranquility and wide open spaces of the Negev, there’s a party doing down at the Desert Khan in Be’erotayim on November 7 that should fit the bill. The fall gathering is limited to just 250 people, without children.
The fun starts at 2 p.m. with DJ Orly keeping the beat going and the bodies swaying, with a rich mix of rock, funk, reggae, R&B, folk, country, world music and gypsy sounds. Sleeping accommodation will provided in huts, and patrons can bring their own tents, with the organizers providing mattresses; food and free bar services will be laid on. The program ends Saturday night.
Tickets can be purchased at (08) 655-5788 or via the event Facebook page. There will not be ticket sales at Be’erotayim.
Jazz at the opera at 30
The Israel Opera is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the festivities include a jazz show on a grand scale on November 4 (9 p.m.) fronted by internationally renowned saxophonist Eli Degibri. Degibri, who made his name as a member of legendary pianist Herbie Hancock’s band and now serves as joint artistic director of Eilat’s Red Sea Jazz Festival, will be joined on Tuesday by a sizable lineup – including conductor-arranger Mike Holober, 18-year-old prodigy pianist Gadi Lehavi, bassist Barak Mori and 20-year-old drummer Ofri Nehemya. The quartet will be supported by a 30-piece ensemble.
The concert program takes in a wide range of material that Degibri has written and recorded, arranged for the show by Holober.
The concert playlist will include numbers from the six albums the reedman has put out as a leader since 2003. Lehavi, Mori and Nehemya all played on Degibri’s last release to date, 2013’s Twelve.
For tickets and more information: (03) 692-7777 and
Kamea’s ‘Carmina Burana’ repeat
The Kamea Dance Company will give its production Carmina Burana another airing, when it brings the work back to the stage at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Center on November 6 (9 p.m.).
The company initially devised the work based on the music of 20th-century German composer Carl Orff, following a 2007 commission from the Cypria Dance Festival in Cyprus. Since then Kamea has performed the show all over the world, including as part of the cultural events connected to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Carmina Burana is choreographed by Kamea’s artistic director Tamir Ginz, and offers a contemporary and highly energized visual rendition of the music that was composed in the 1930s. The production is devised as a fast-moving celebration of high emotion, including romantic overtures, movements in pairs and erotica.
The gradual evolution of the music provides a suitable sonic backdrop for the developing amorous action; the work eventually peaks in a climax of freedom, and spiritual and physical love.
The show features all 11 dancers in the company, including Lena Ferfield, British-born Aonghus Hoole, Ofri Aud, Dutchborn Yael Cohen and Canadian- born Peter Starr. Kamea will also perform the work at Beersheba’s Performing Arts Center on November 30 (8:30 p.m.).
For tickets and more information: (03) 510-5656 (Tel Aviv) and (08) 626-6400 (Beersheba)
Insanity or In Sanity
The Orto-Da avant-garde theater company will put on two shows of Ee Shefiyut at the Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv on November 3 and 4 (both 8 p.m.).
The name of the work is a play on words, which translates as “Insanity” or “In Sanity.”
The play is a biting social allegorical work, written by Yifat Zandani-Tzafrir and Tzippi Gilad, which describes contemporary Israeli society through various archetypal characters. The latter strive to achieve a comfortable lifestyle with peace and liberty, but the true intent of the government comes to light, along with its relationship with the wealthy, corruption in the corridors of power, and the dissemination of terror, fear and a sense of victimization.
The play’s soundtrack was written by former Hadag Nahash guitarist Amir Ben-Ami and producer- composer Avi Elbaz.
For tickets and more information: (03) 751-1136 and