19 July 2019 - 16 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ז תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
The Dodot Ensemble perform at the 2019 Manila Improv Fest E-mail

Israel joined the best acts in improvisational theatre from around Asia, and around the world, bringing the Dodot Ensemble to the 2019 Manila Improv Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival ran from 27 to 31 March at the PETA Theater Center, Manila.

Well over 20 shows featured over 50 performing groups from Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Colombia, France, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, Venezuela and the Philippines.

The Dodot Ensemble, consisting of Matan Goren, Tal Zolti, Carmel Neltzer and Elad Yishay, was formed four years ago after its members won the “Improvisation Championship” of Israel and graduated from the Kibbutzim College Acting School. Their act at the Manila Improv Festival was their first appearance in the Philippines.

The troupe was easily one of the crowd’s favourites, and the members shared their “secret” in doing an impressive improv act that could draw connection and laughter from the audience.

“We concentrate on what’s happening and on each other. We always strive to make each other look better and not think too much about what will be funny or what will be interesting. Just be in the moment, react and it’ll come,” said Tal in an interview after their performance.

“Every rehearsal we have different shows, different characters; it really depends on what the crowd gives us. If they say the setting is in a hospital, then our whole story would be in the hospital.”

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Yehuda Amichai’s poems translated into Myanmar language E-mail

A ceremony was held in Yangon, Myanmar, on 19 March to launch the translation of poems by well-known Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai into the Myanmar language by Myanmar poet Myo Tay Zar Maung. The event was co-ordinated by Israel’s Embassy in Myanmar.

Amichai is one of the leading contemporary Hebrew poets. His contribution extends beyond his own literary achievements to an influence that has helped create a modern Israeli poetry.

The launch ceremony was attended by Israel’s Ambassador to Myanmar Ronen Gilor, cultural attaché Sharon Gilor and the translator/poet Myo Tay Zar Maung, together with guests from Myanmar Poets Society. Amichai’s poems, such as Half of the People of the World, The School where I Studied and Jerusalem, were also read and recited in Hebrew and the Myanmar language at the ceremony.

Amichai was born in Germany to a religiously observant family and emigrated to Israel in 1935, living briefly in Petach Tikvah before settling in Jerusalem. He attended Hebrew University, studying Biblical texts and Hebrew literature, and then taught in secondary schools. His first volume of poetry, Achshav Uve-Yamim HaAharim (“Now and in Other Days”), was published in 1955 and aroused serious interest in readers and critics alike. This and subsequent volumes of poetry revealed that Amichai was engaged in a distinctly modern literary enterprise, in both content and language.

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Ceramic art in the Philippines E-mail

A collaboration between two unique artists, one from Israel and the other from the Philippines, was showcased at the University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Fine Arts in March.

Entitled Common Ground, it featured the medium of clay to bind relationships and establish cultural ties between Israel and the Philippines. The exhibition was organised by Israel’s Embassy in the Philippines.

This unique partnership brought Israeli ceramic and interdisciplinary artist Roy Maayan to the Philippines. He shared his culture through his craft, and took the opportunity to learn more about the culture and tradition of the Philippines as well. Maayan took with him for his lecture-demonstration a mould of the popular Israeli symbol the matka (a racquet used in the country’s national beach sport matkot), which was used as a base for combining Israeli and Philippine popular symbols, objects or texts.

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