Art lovers – time to dance your way through the streets, galleries and museums of Tel Aviv – the season begins! “Loving Art Making Art” the annual festive launch of the art season will take place this year from September 6 – 8, 2012. Art galleries and museums will be open until 23:00 on Thursday, September 6th, this year with music and dance performances – all free and open to the public. Artists will open their studios to the public on September 7th & 8th from 11:00 – 18:00.
As you wander through the city, don’t miss singer/cellist Maya Belsitzman who will be performing at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Thursday, September 6th at 23:00 – entrance is FREE and open to the public, like all “Loving Art” events. Enjoy the museum (27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd) and then come to the foyer to hear Maya rock the cello with guests Sheila Ferber and Eran Zur and a repertoire that ranges from romantic pop-rock classics – “Just the Way You Are” to poet Yona Wollach’s “Sex Aher” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Yes!!
In the spirit of embracing all the arts, in collaboration with the Israeli Choreographers Association, this year’s opening night events will feature dance performances taken out of their usual context and out into the open. Dance events will take place in two locations:
Abulafia Street 20:00 – 23:00
Nimrod Freed’s Peepdance offers a very different perspective on dance: the audience peeks through small openings to watch the dancers perform inside an enclosed space. An unusual approach to dance that awakens the voyeur lurking within, provoking thoughts on the relationship between audience and performer.
Haravakah (the bachelorette) by Nadine Boomer. Inspired by the television reality show, 5 women dancers take on the roles of charming suitors, all wooing one bachelorette. Boomer’s choreographic style is known for her lively and humorous approach to character, this one sounds like fun!
Ezrat Nashim by Dafi Altbeb. Let’s hear it for women’s power: seven pairs of strong hands, seven strong women – one for all and all for one. The title “Ezrat Nashim” refers to the women’s section in Orthodox Jewish synagogues, where women sit separately, usually behind a screen, wall or other barrier. The dance piece is a statement on women’s power at a time when the exclusion of women is a volatile topic in Israeli current events.
5 Kalisher Street (CCA) 20:30 – 23:00
With Subtitles by Ronit Ziv. A moving and intelligent commentary on identity and relationships, inspired by the choreographer’s experiences in Tel Aviv. Ziv lived next door to a woman who earned her living as a prostitute; her relationship with her neighbor inspired this work. The dance looks into the lives of two women, each living independently in the urban arena. Read more about With Subtitles here.
Justkatzit by Anat Katz and Erez Maayan. A dance comedy. The dancers appeal to the audience to come to a benefit event, promising an evening of emotions and surprises.
Everything by Hillel Kogan. Dancer, choreographer, word-weaver, a versatile actor who can embody any role, Hillel Kogan can do just about anything and everything, and he does. In his outrageously entertaining solo work Everything Kogan recreates and deconstructs 60 years of Israeli history, kinetic social criticism in white glitter. Read more about Everything here.
“Province,” the main exhibition of “Loving Art Making Art,” is an on-going multi-disciplinary work, curated by Leah Abir with associate curator Gilly Karjevsky, exploring art in the public space. The work will be exhibited in two locations: the Saraya compound in Jaffa, and the roof-top Einav Cultural Center (above Gan HaIr) on Ibn Gvirol Street. Participating artists include: Alona Rodeh, Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Tahel Frosh & Mati Shemoelof (Guerilla Tarbut), Hadas Ophrat, The Zimmer, Tamir Lichtenbeg, Maya Dunietz, Meir Tati, Jaffa Project, Nevet Yitzhak, Société Réalist.
“Loving Art Making Art” is initiated and produced by the Arts and Performance Departments of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality. Tzilit Ben Nevet is the Head of the Arts Department and Edna Moshenson is the curatorial advisor for the event, with Maayan Nevo coordinating the plastic arts.