19 July 2019 - 16 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ז תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Cameri Theatre performs Requiem in Shanghai E-mail

One of Israel’s leading drama groups, the Tel-Aviv based Israeli Cameri Theatre toured to Shanghai from 3-5 May to perform Requiem at the Shanghai Majestic Theatre.

Requiem was directed and written by Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin, having first toured outside of the country in May 2000. It draws upon three short stories by prolific Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov. The play is also being adapted into a first Chinese language presentation to be peformed in Beijing this summer.

The play introduces audiences to a variety of characters. There is the ailing, aging couple who retire to a remote village where they lament their life choices. A young mother is also featured, desperately seeking a cure for her dying baby and yet ultimately failing. A bereaved wagoner has no one to talk to except for his horse.

Complicating notions of mortality, it is a text about life as much as it is about death. Levin wrote and directed the play knowing his days were numbered. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1999, and died later that year aged 56. He left a legacy of 56 plays, 34 of which were staged, and many directed by him during his lifetime.

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Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival E-mail

The Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival is taking place this month in Abu Gosh, Israel, from 7-9 June.

The festival was established since 1992, and is known across Israel as an important festival for choral music. The musical concerts are held inside two churches in Abu Gosh: the Crusader-Benedictine Church and the Kiryat Ye’arim Church.

Hanna Tzur has resided as the Musical Director of the Abu Gosh Festival since 1995, and has served as conductor and Musical Director of the RamatGan Chamber Choir for 19 years.
The Abu Gosh Music Festival takes place biannually in the titular Arabic village, situated in the Jerusalem Hills just a few kilometres west of Jerusalem.

The village, famed for its hummus restaurants, is brought to life by the festival, which is one of Israel’s largest vocal music celebrations. It takes place coincidentally to the festivals of Sukkot (in Fall-time) and Shavuot (in Spring-time).

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Joyce Carol Oates receives the 2019 Jerusalem Prize E-mail

American author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most important writers of her generation, received the prestigious Jerusalem Prize on 12 May, granted to her by the city’s Mayor Moshe Lion.

Oates, born 1938, has written many works of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, essays, and plays, with the Jerusalem Prize being but the latest addition to her collection of awards. She is most widely known for bestselling titles including We Were the Mulvaneys (selected by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club), Blonde (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award), and American gothic novel The Accursed.

Jerusalem Prize jury members Dr. Omri Herzog, Professor Shimon Adaf, and Dr. Tamar Hess announced in a joint statement: “Over the course of more than five decades, Joyce Carol Oates has created a rich body of literary work. Her creative work dictates new creative horizons and denotes a continuous breach of boundaries. Although her work is characterised by an unmistakable voice, she continues to surprise her many readers with the elaborate narratives she creates, as well as the thematic variations of her works. With a deep and profound psychological understanding, she confronts her heroes – as well as her readers – with the ways in which people deal with internal or external demons, and their struggle defines the boundaries of the human being. But this confrontation, even in its wildest manifestations, attracts a constant line of grace and compassion.”

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