Written by: [30 Sep 2014 ]
José James to Perform in Israel

I am listening to José James and liking every little thing I hear from this genre-mixing jazz vocalist. James will be opening this season’s Jazz Series at the Israeli Opera/Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center with a performance on October 10, 2014, this will be his first visit to Israel.

Defining the singer-songwriter with the warm baritone is a challenge, I think José James himself said it best in an interview with pianist Robert Glasper for Blue Note, “I love hip hop, indie, rock, soul, whatever I want to do it’s just …

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Performance, Theatre »

Written by: [28 Sep 2014 ]
Gesher Theatre: Terrorism

Terrorism opens with a scene that has become so common, it verges on the banal: a group of tired passengers waiting at the airport, their flights delayed indefinitely due to a bomb scare. This is the terrorism with which we have become all too familiar. Yet the frequency of such scenes, the soporific cocktail of anxiety, uncertainty, and boredom, does not in any way diminish the violent intentions and their impact.
Written by the Presnyakov Brothers, Terrorism premiered at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre in 2002, and concerns itself not so …

Culture »

Written by: [22 Sep 2014 ]

Itzik Giuli has been chosen by Israel Festival CEO Eyal Sher as the festival’s new Artistic Director, the appointment was confirmed yesterday by Chairman of the Board Dan Halperin.
Giuli represents the interdisciplinary artistic sensibility that can keep the Israel Festival on the cutting edge of the arts, in Israel and internationally. Founded in 1961, the Israel Festival has enjoyed a long reign as a focal point for the performing arts, connecting local artists and audiences with the international scene. Having begun with concerts of classical music, the festival has grown …

Arts, Film »

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, …

Dance, Performance »

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 …

Dance, Performance »

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 …