Written by: [21 Sep 2014 ]
Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem: Ophir Award for Best Feature

It’s been an exciting evening, with several excellent films contending for the Israeli Academy of Film and Television Ophir Awards. The winners have just been announced: Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem has been chosen this year’s Best Feature, and will represent Israel in the running for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Ronit Elkabetz, co-writer/director and star of Gett, called it “a victory of the spirit for thousands of women who are denied a gett (Jewish divorce decree).” There is so much more to say about these films, …

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Written by: [21 Sep 2014 ]
Deborah Colker Dance Company Presents Tatyana in Israel

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker will be returning to Israel with Tatyana, based on Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, and artistic director/choreographer Deborah Colker herself will be performing with her company. Performances will take place from October 29 – November 1, 2014 at the New Israeli Opera/TAPAC in Tel Aviv, and November 4th and 5th at the  Jerusalem Theatre.
It is no simple task to take a masterpiece such as Pushkin’s Onegin (we’re talking about nearly 400 stanzas of iambic tetrameter verse in a complex rhyme scheme). Sometimes I think the secret …

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Written by: [21 Sep 2014 ]
Killer Pig Israeli Premiere

A collage of Hip hop, Stravinsky and original music composed by Ori Lichtik is the soundtrack for Killer Pig, a dance choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Created in 2009 for the Carte Blanche dance company in Norway, as a work for 6 female dancers, Killer Pig will premiere in Israel on September 29 & 30, 2014 at Reading 3, performed by Eyal and Behar’s L-E-V dance company.
Sharon Eyal is a dancer and choreographer with a distinctive style. She began her career as a dancer in the Batsheva Dance …

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Written by: [20 Sep 2014 ]
The Maze Runner

There is nothing better for a thriller than plunging the viewer into the action, and The Maze Runner begins with a close view of steel mesh from inside a cage. It’s an elevator going up, trapped inside is a scared teenager who has no idea of where he is, how he got there, or where he’s going. Suddenly, all goes dark and then the screen fills with a blinding light, and a crowd of young male faces looking down. There is a post-apocalyptic Lord of the Flies feel to this …

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Written by: [15 Sep 2014 ]
KCDC Perform  360° In TLV – Free Admission

The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company will perform Rami Be’er’s 360° in an outdoor performance, free to the public, this coming Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 20:00 at the First International Bank of Israel, 42 Rothschild Avenue, Tel Aviv. The performance takes place as part of the bank’s “Culture and Community” program, admission is free, but advance registration is required. To reserve a place, call 03-5130001.
It’s an energetic, interactive performance that gets the audience dancing too – fun for all ages!

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Written by: [14 Sep 2014 ]
Project 48 Dance #2

It’s risky and exhilarating: Project 48 Dance teams choreographers and dancers to create short dance pieces, working ’round the clock from idea to performance in 24 hours. It’s a format that has been popular in film and theatre in recent years, and was initiated in this dance format by choreographer Dana Ruttenberg in June 2013. Now in its 2nd edition, Project 48 Dance will take place again this coming weekend, with performances on September 19th and 20th.
How does it work?
Artistic Director Ruttenberg invites choreographers, dancers and dramaturgs to take part. …