Ari Teperberg invites his father to join him on stage – the place where he feels most at home and that is most foreign to his father. For one hour, they can let go of the patterns and behaviours that make up this whole parent-children thing.
They are two, together on one stage. A father and his son. A son and his father. The son is a director, artist, dancer and a man who really loves developing unique stage mechanisms. The father is a real estate agent, a Jerusalem man through and through, an amateur trumpet player. The stage is their physical and emotional arena. There, where the son feels at home and the father is a guest, they can meet. Talk. Dance. Sing. Learn and teach one another. For the duration of the show, they can (maybe, possibly) let go of traditional roles, behavioral patterns, and memories of the past, and allow the stage to do what it does best – be a timeless territory, a poetic expanse, a therapeutic testing ground.
The Soft Hum of the Dial Tone is one of two works that Ari Teperberg premieres at the Israel Festival (the other, Untitled Document). Both works draw on extensive research into the invention of the telephone and the attempt to overcome distances and bring voices closer together.
We recommend purchasing tickets to both works, but even if you only get to see one, you will get to know a spectacular artist, one of the most intriguing and remarkable voices in the young generation of local stage artists.
The work was created in collaboration with Westflügel Theater, Leipzig Germany.
An Israel Festival Original Production