Worship of Moshe Dayan and an opera about the climate crisis: the surprising program of the Israel Festival 2022
The annual program of the festival, which will be held on September 15-22 in Jerusalem, is saturated with performance works, alongside theater, opera, music, dance and improvisation events.
The Lithuanian production "(Marina) Sun and Sea", which won the main prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, will open the festival - and will be shown for free.
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An operatic performance about a sinking world.
"(Marina) Sun and Sea" (Photo: Andrej Vasilenko)
An international opera about the climate crisis, a ceremonial show dedicated to the missing eye of Moshe Dayan, and shows dedicated to connections between local artists and culture from Morocco, Turkey, Japan and Ukraine - these are the events that will be the focus of the Israel Festival 2022 this year, which will be held next month in Jerusalem.
The annual festival, which is starting under new leadership - the incoming artistic directors Itai Mautner and Michal Vaaknin, as well as the new festival chairman Inbar Nacht - has been moved from June to September, to the 15-22 of the month, shortly before Rosh Hashanah, and most of it will be held in the Jerusalem Theater and its surroundings. The program curated by the two artistic directors alongside the veteran CEO Eyal Sher is mainly saturated with performance works, alongside theater, opera, music, dance and improvisation events.
The festival will be opened by the acclaimed opera "(Marina) Sun and Sea", which won the first prize at the Venice Biennale in 2019, and was created by the Lithuanian artists Rogila Bardjokeita, Vieva Greinita and Lina Laflita - who is returning to Israel after presenting a selection of her works here about three years ago.
The work, defined as "an operatic performance about a sinking world", invites viewers to look from four-meter-high balconies at what is happening on the beach, while dealing with the climate crisis and its costs.
Unusually, the show in question will be open to the public free of charge.
Life as a consumer product.
"Convenient solutions for a happy life" (Photo: Erwan Fichou)
Among the intriguing shows you can find two more productions from abroad: "Convenient Solutions for a Happy Life", a performative dance work by the French Theo Mercia and Steven Michel, which examines the assembly of IKEA shelves as a symbol of corporate production and marketing that promises a beautiful and correct life in exchange for purchasing a product, and expresses longing for a simple world more; and the American work "1,000 Ways" by the band "600 Highwaymen", which activates interactions between the audience, without actors.
On the Israeli front, the works "Mikdash Ha'Ain", an event defined as a "show-exhibition-ceremony" by Gon Ben Ari and Oren Fisher, jump out from the program , and at its center is the disturbed idea of a mystical worship of the missing eye of Moshe Dayan, a relative of Ben Ari; as well as "VHS - Greetings from the Past", in which figures such as Tal Friedman, Shirili Dasha, Roni Kovan, Renana Raz, Doron Nesher, Korin Kitsis, Yossi Tzbari and Ofri Kanaani meet on stage with old family video recordings,and create a dialogue with them.
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Two shows will attempt to connect Israel with its neighbors in the Middle East: "Night Train to Izmir", directed by Shlomi Alon of the Snake Fish, will bring together Israeli musicians such as Berry Sakharof, Dodo Tessa, Balkan Beat Box, Red Access and others with Turkish musicians such as Kalban, Genest and Murat Artel (Baba Zola);
as well as "Hilola", produced by the musicians Neta Elkayam and Amit Hai Cohen, which explores through more than 20 artists the relationship between Morocco and Israel, in an event that is defined as a mix between "Hafela, a musical show, cabaret, documentary theater and modern hamara", and will be attended by, among others, the Sheikh Cabaret You and JOJO from Morocco, Nava Messes Waxman from Canada, Noa Melamed and Zana, Gal Maestro, Tal Avraham and Reuven Abergel from Israel and more.
According to the plan, entry will only be possible from 18 years of age and older, and those who come will be served quenching alcohol.
At the same time, another free show called "Let the Water Flow" will present an artistic connection between the Israeli band Boom Fem and artists from Japan, including the dance group Mitobi Shishi Odori, the musician Yukihoku Yotsukura and the singer Emi Shirasaki;
And the world tour will be closed by "Svodova" (Freedom) - an evening of exposure to Russian and Ukrainian artists living in Israel, both immigrants and refugees, against the background of the ongoing war between the two nations.
New leadership for the festival.
Michal Vaeknin and Itai Mautner (Photo: Yair Miyos)
Also in the program: "A document without a name" and "The gentle voice of the dial tone" - two performance works by the dancer and director Ari Teperberg, which the program describes as one of the "intriguing and outstanding voices of the young generation of local creators": the first is a silent work, which actually takes place live in the document Google Docs, while the second connects Tepperberg with his father for an intergenerational artistic encounter on stage, in an attempt to establish a "temporary territory, a poetic space, a field of experiment", as the press release says;
"Evacuation", a piece by Omar Krieger "in the twilight zone between dance and violence", which deals with solidarity with people who are evicted from their homes;
"Nona", a show by Sarah Segal that takes place in the living room of her Holocaust survivor grandmother, and combines theater, performance, video, cabaret "and quite a few trippy moments";
as well as the improvisational show "Hava Cholot" by the musicians and comedians Daniel Koren ("My Nephew Benz") and Iti Zebulon (I gave up, "Shab"
To purchase tickets and additional information, visit the Israel Festival website.
Gon Ben Ari