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| The International Jewish festival for Contemporary Art     city center
Saturday, 07 December 5:55 PM

Theatre Company Jerusalem (TCJ) is proud to present:

  December 3rd-10th 2019 

Artistic manager: Osnat Gispan 

Mesilat Yesharim 18, Bet Mazia, Jerusalem

Over a hundred artists will take part in this year's International Jewish festival for Contemporary Art, initiated and produced by Theatre Company Jerusalem (TCJ). The festival in its fourth year, opens on December 3 till December 10th. Audiences will enjoy an exciting and dynamic program of international theatre, original Israeli productions, and debut shows, one time performances which will be seen exclusively at the festival, huge video art projections, musical performances, standup comedy and many surprises.

Highlights of this year’s Festival

“Rega Rega” a performance of songs by Sasha Argov opens the festival. This world premiere tells the story of the coming of age of a typical group of young Israelis. The piece was created by Sasha Berger with Ronit Roland doing the Musical Arrangements.

The legendary musician, Dani Basan in a rock and roll performance of the great hits of his iconic band TISLAM.Basan will share with the audience the stories behind the songs in this performance created especially for the festival. 

The MORENTE FORTE theatre from Brazil will present “HARD LOVE", a play by Moti Lerner which tells the story of a Haredi couple Hana and Tzvi who suffered a traumatic divorce after Tzvi’s decision to leave the Haredi world. A forced meeting twenty years later rekindles the love and passion that has not faded.


From Prague, Czech Republic an Israeli premiere of the show "Madam Rubinstein", a sparkling comedy about the names and faces behind the glamorous world and cosmetic empires of two successful yet rival women Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Produced by STUDIO DVA DIVALDO PRODUCE.


A unique immersive musical phenomenon awaits the audience who will attend “MESIAH IN A NEW LIGHT”. Over 35 singers musicians and dancers will present the musical masterpiece Handel’s Messiah in a revolutionary setting. The choir will sing moving in and amongst the audience who will also be encouraged to move and dance. A magically lit space and many surprises will make this one- time -only event an experience you are unlikely to forget.

Musician and singer Maggie Hikari in a musical and visual collage of Middle East swage seasoned with Arab drum beats.

Another Israeli premiere is “Acherai Hapitzutz (After the Explosion)”. This experimental performance, with audience participation examines the dissolution of individual identity in the 21st century. Audience is invited to wear comfortable clothes and open minds for a unique ritual experience.


For the whole family

Following a successful world tour the Nadine Baumer dance group will perform a satire on soccer and all that surrounds it.

“Ner Katan (Small Candle)” , a new show of musical blues and Hassidic Tales by Professor Zeev Kitchis and the Lublin Blues band.

Also in the festival

Hadar Galron in her lauded original comedy show “Shrika (Whistle)”.

A kabalat Shabbat with the famous Yoseph Veehad band,

A premiere of the THEO-Tron group,

And a very special musical evening with the virtuoso cellist Maya Belsitzman, musician, Matan Efrat and special guest Daniel Zamir combining cello drums in an evening of fusion.

Osnat Gispan, director of the festival: I am very excited about this, our fourth annual festival and invite you, our audience, to celebrate with us. Five years ago we conceived of a festival which would encourage dialogue between the religious and secular through the performing arts. A festival which would present a wide range of voices, styles and mediums, some classical and conservative and some cutting edge and proactive. This year we have an eight day artistic festival crammed with exciting events and performers. Each performance tells a different story and raises relevant questions of the Israeli- Jewish identity. In the diaspora our identity was either Jewish or non-Jewish but here in Israel we make differentiations: secular, religious, lightly religious, "Hardalim". In the festival, each artist comes to tell their own story, the festival is meant for all groups and sectors and I am sure that everyone will find something of interest and meaning.”

About Theatre Company Jerusalem

Theatre Company Jerusalem (TCJ) founded by present artistic director Gabriella Lev, aspires to create a contemporary theatre of excellence rooted in ancient Hebrew and contemporary Israeli writing and song.

TCJ created the festival in order to foster interdisciplinary artistic dialogue and exchange between all the performing arts: Theatre, music, dance, film, videoart, literature, and an audience which will enjoy a heartwarming opportunity to be carried away, to reflect and to enjoy!


Information and Tickets


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