International Exposure in Theatre/IsraDrama 2013

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The Israeli theatre scene will be the center of attention this month, as the International Exposure in Theatre and IsraDrama come together for a joint event under the artistic direction of Lilach Dekel-Avneri from November 19 – 24, 2013.

Itim Ensemble production of Ionesco's Exit the King, directed by Rina Yerushalmi. Winner of the Israeli Kipod Zahav fringe theatre award for Best Play 2013
Itim Ensemble production of Ionesco’s Exit the King, directed by Rina Yerushalmi. Winner of the Israeli Kipod Zahav fringe theatre award for Best Play 2013

50 Theatre directors, festival directors, dramaturgs, journalists and translators from 20 countries will arrive in Israel to experience Israeli theatre first hand. Among the countries represented in this cohort are: Spain, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Turkey, China, Canada and the USA.

Artistic Director Lilach Dekel-Avneri’s statement to the press regarding the International Exposure: “The program for this year’s exposure is invigorating, and reflects the broad spectrum of theatre in Israel, from repertory theatre to post-dramatic independent productions, It is a program that indicates an uncompromising search for new forms of theatre, that aim to lead the viewers to reflect, not only on the content that is presented, but on its structure and visual language. It is an exposure that shows the world that Israel is a place where things are happening, even in theatre.”

In addition to industry-only events, there will be two symposiums on theatre and an encounter with French director Arthur Nauzyciel, artistic director of Centre Dramatique National Orleans/Loiret/Centre. These events will be open to the general public.

A Symposium on Israeli Theatre will take place on November 21, 2013 in the bar of Tmuna Theatre from 9:30 – 13:00. The event will take place in English, and will look at the broad spectrum of contemporary theatre in Israel, from more traditional dramas to post-dramatic theatre works that rely on a flow of images and associations rather than character and plot. Admission is free, but space is limited and places must be reserved in advance. To reserve a place call 03-5611211 or write to kupa@tmu-na.org.il.

A Political Symposium: Theatre, Politics, and Society will take place on November 22, 2013 at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in Jaffa from 12:00 – 15:00. The panel will include prominent members of the international theatre community from France, Germany, Poland, and Holland, as well as Israeli creators, researchers and cultural leaders. The event will take place in English and will be open to the public. Admission is free, but space is limited and places must be reserved in advance. To reserve a place, please call the theatre: 03-5185563.

An encounter with Arthur Nauzyciel, artistic director of Centre Dramatique National Orleans/Loiret/Centre will take place on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the School for Visual Theatre in Jerusalem (4 Yad Harutzim St), from 10:00 – 12:00.  The event will take place in English and will be open to the public. Admission is free, but space is limited and places must be reserved in advance. To reserve a place, please call the school: 02-6733435.

Nauzyciel joined the School of the Theatre National de Chaillot in 1987, first as an actor and then as a director. He directs dance and opera as well as theatre, and has collaborated with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui on PLAY (2011).  A brief glimpse of his work, in rehearsal for his production of Chekov’s The Seagull:

and on his production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:

International Exposure and IsraDrama artistic director: Lilach Dekel-Avneri; producer: Galit Bersky; Director of the Israeli Drama Institute: Shimrit Ron; members of the artistic committee: Dr. Orna Deutsch, Itzik Giuli, Dr. Bilha Blum, Doron Tsafrir, Dr. Dror Harari, Dr. Yaniv Goldberg, Moshe Perlstein, Omer Krieger, Tzahi Becker, Riki Zeevi, Prof. Shimon Levi; observer: Rachel Nir, Director of the Performing Arts Dept, KASHTUM – Foreign Ministry. The project is supported by the Cultural Council of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and by KASHTUM – Foreign Ministry, and the Tel Aviv Municipality Arts Department.