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    A sizzling celebration of local hip hop culture in an original music event at Talpiot Industrial Area, featuring Echo, Jimbo J, Nechi Nech, System Ali, Peled, Cafe Shahor Hazak, Karolina, Shaanan Street & Guy Mar, and more. Leading Hip Hop artists, DJs, breakdance, and projection mapping artists respond to the ultimate text that begs responding to as part of Israel 70th anniversary celebrations – Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

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    Bach in Ein Karem

    One of the jewels of Jerusalem, the Eden Tamir Music Center was founded in 1968 by duo-pianists Pianist Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir in an ancient house surrounded by a charming garden at the picturesque Ein Karem neighborhood. The Israel Festival will host three Friday concerts devoted to the opus of Johann Sebastian Bach and performed by leading Israeli musicians.

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    Poem Balev

    The Israel Festival hosts Peom Balev with Saturday concerts of original music and new arrangements by three Israeli composers, in collaboration with the Felicja Blumental Music Centre. The program features music by Menachem Wiesenberg, who composed and arranged many Israeli classics, the violinist and composer of Classical Arabic music Sami Kheshaiboun, and an Israeli debut of two works by Joseph Bardanashvili, one of Israel’s leading classical composers.

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    Opening Show

    The three divas of Israeli music – Dikla, Miri Mesika, and Nasreen Qadri – meet on one stage in a show that goes back to their musical roots with songs from the extensive repertoire of each singer. Come and celebrate the feminine voices that shape, influence, and transform Israel’s local cultural landscape. 

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    Remote Jerusalem

    The experience of getting lost in the city has become near impossible thanks to the abundance of easily available mapping technologies. Rather than find our way tentatively, wander along unfamiliar paths, we are led to our destinations by apps that guarantee robot-like precision and efficiency.

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    Language of the Future

    Groundbreaking multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson presents her iconic solo performance, delving into the heart of American narrative and the roots of contemporary culture. In The Language of the Future, Anderson dissects the here and now, intertwining stories, music, and interactive videos to create a poignant and mesmerizing experience.

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    Bodies in Urban Spaces

    Choreographer Willi Dorner invites us to join him and 15 local dancers on a physical, ephemeral intervention in the public sphere. In this site-specific tour, physical compositions shed a new light on the urban architecture, expanding our perception of the boundaries demarcated by the city and the playful possibilities held within them.

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    Through a small porthole, in a show for an audience of one, an entire world of miniature objects theatre unfolds the story of Sputnik – the first satellite launched into outer space in 1957. Mir Theatre built a tiny theatre that tells big stories, where changing backdrops take one viewer on a magical journey among the stars. 

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    The Little Prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince is one of the greatest classics ever written for children, and for adults who have never lost touch with the world of childhood. This original and moving show for the whole family breathes a new life in the timeless Little Prince. Director Yonatan Levy collaborates with sand artist Ilana Yahav to create an imaginative musical-theatrical adaptation of the classic novel.

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    Canine Jaunâtre 3

    Following her performance at the 2016 Israel Festival with Of Ivory and Flesh - Statues also Suffer, Ohad Naharin invited groundbreaking choreographer Monteiro Fritas to create a new piece for the Batsheva Dance Company, which will be performed in a world premiere at the Jerusalem Festival.

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    In the Footsteps of a Legend

    Singer Shlomi Saranga comes full circle. In an extraordinary show that interweaves rare video footage with personal stories, and songs, he returns to his “spiritual father” Stelios Kazantzidis – one of Greece’s greatest singers, whose songs are a mainstay of the national Greek soundtrack.

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    The Third Dance

    Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor return to the Israel Festival with a new adaptation to Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal’s The Third Dance (1990). Six years after debuting their version of Dror and Ben-Gal’s Two Room Apartment – declared “Best Performance of the Year” by the Circle of Israeli Dance Critics (2013) – Sheinfeld and Laor meet for another creative collaboration on one stage.

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    Hamsa Hamsa Hamsa

    Celebrating the opening of the exhibition Hamsa Hamsa Hamsa at the Museum for Islamic Art, we invite you to a night of spells, superstitions, folklore, and amulets. Throughout the night, graduates of the School of Visual Theatre will present five original performances that respond to the exhibits.

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    After five years of meticulous handcrafting, Amit Drori presents Monkeys, a show that explores the superhuman, which puts 12 performers on one stage – three people and nine monkey robots.

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    The Dybbuk 1937-2017

    In The Dybbuk 1937–2017, the 1937 Polish film Der Dibuk is subjected to artistic interventions and manipulations that grant it immortality: The original soundtrack is replaced by a live orchestra and the dialogues by Yiddish voiceovers in real-time that give Leah and Hannan’s tragic love story a different shape and a surprising new ending.

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    While The Fireflies Disappear

    Marking Inbal Dance Theater’s 70th Anniversary, choreographer Mor Shani and Inbal's dancers present a show that maintains the delicate, flickering quality of “vanishing dance traditions” while exploring the new possibilities they offer. A revisit of dance and movement foundations established by the company’s founder, choreographer, and Israel Prize laureate Sara Levi-Tanai, the show breathes a new life in local traditions that resonate global zeitgeist.

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    What would happen if we were given the opportunity to go back in time? Would we change something in our past? And what would happen if we could look forward to our future selves? Would we change anything in the present? Using original artistic language, Guide turns the spotlight on sensations and questions concerning the decisions we make, placing them in a playful setting and giving them a spectacular expression that flows freely between the past, future, and present.

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    By Heart

    Playwright and actor Tiago Rodrigues is a culture warrior. In By Heart he invites ten random members of the audience to commit a poem to memory. These people have not seen the performance before and they have no idea which text they will learn. Nevertheless, for one night and in front of the audience, they become members of a poetic resistance group, which smuggles words through minds and hearts.

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    Five Nigerian boys meet a heavyset white German who offers them chocolate, thus setting in motion an alternately terrifying, amusing and fascinating, intercultural dynamic mediation on postcolonial guilt and disenchantments.  A unique collaboration between German theatre collective Monster Truck and Nigerian choreographer Segun Adefila, and a rare glimpse into contemporary Nigerian dance.

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    King Size

    Night. A gaudy hotel room, complete with floral wallpapers and a king size bed. In this seemingly relaxed, bourgeoise setting, two men and two women break into a wild and eclectic musical performance that nods to the tradition of vaudeville, stringing together folksongs, classical works, and pop music.

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    (Untitled) (2000)

    Tino Sehgal's pivotal solo performance (Untitled) (2000) returns to the stage 18 years after its debut. Etched into the cultural memory as a "museum of dance," this is the last stage piece that Sehgal created and performed, just before he shifted to the world of visual art and conceived a new artistic form, dubbed "constructed situations."

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    Madama Butterfly

    The Israel Festival is proud to host the Jerusalem Opera Festival and the Israeli Opera in a spectacular production of Madama Butterfly, one of the most loved operas. A new and exciting production especially designed for the open air Sultan’s Pool, featuring the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Opera Chorus and starring international and Israeli opera soloists headed by the Korean soprano Elisa Cho in the lead.

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    A musical odyssey straight from Broadway, starring Josh Young and Ester Rada. The real-life story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, one of the greatest Jewish Orthodox musicians in the 20th century, and his surprising friendship with the legendary jazz singer Nina Simon. A celebration of groove for the soul and a tribute to two icons who wanted to make a difference through their music.

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    Digital Landscape Music

    A magical, immersive concert that mixes live music with giant digital projections. Using special software, Nolab creates a rare experience where digital visual effects interact with music in real time. The audience is invited to go on stage and sit back as they are engulfed by huge projections that respond to piano music by Stravinsky, Ligeti, Reich, Glass and others, played live on stage. The closest thing to dreaming while being awake.

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    In a picturesque, Romantic winter landscape, director and choreographer Gisèle Vienne brings together two teenage boys, man-size dolls, dancers, and the doom metal duo KTL. Snow and darkness envelop the stage as we are swept into a tumultuous emotional labyrinth, where the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred.

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    10000 Gestures

    10000 Gestures centers around disappearance – dance as a body-based genre whose basic elements are gestures, condemned to symbolical disappearance. Charmatz calls it “the gift” of the dance world. To the strains of Mozart’s Requiem, in avant-garde costumes and with lighting that transforms the scene from a factory to an enchanting lake of reflections, Charmatz’s dancers enact an incredible collection of 10000 gestures, challenging our perception of dance.

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