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The Piano Festival at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Center, opening Wednesday and running for five days, will deliver on the audience’s expectations of witnessing the unexpected, says Etti Anetta-Segev, the festival’s artistic director.
“I think this festival is not entirely in the mainstream,” Anetta-Segev says. “This festival takes place in relatively smaller halls, it doesn’t need to attract audiences in the thousands, and therefore there is no justification for focusing only on the mainstream. Around a third of the performances are mainstream types; then there is the second group of promising young performers; and the last group consists of alternative works.
“The festival audience is looking for these things,” she says. “It’s a curious audience that is searching. They come thinking ‘let’s see what’s new’ and they know that we will select for them the most interesting alternative artists. The proof is in the fact that the concerts that sell out first are not necessarily the ones you’d expect to sell out. This year, for example, the Collective’s concert was one of the first and fastest to sell out.”
Anetta-Segev, who is in her fifth year as the festival’s artistic director, says “the first requirement of participating artists is to something different. There’s no point in coming to the piano festival to see a routine performance by, let’s say, Yizhar Ashdot.”
But the example Anetta-Segev gives actually reveals the dual nature of the piano festival, which does indeed like to experiment but is also careful not to exaggerate with the experiments.
Ashdot performed at the Piano Festival three years ago together with Rea Mochiach and assorted keyboards and other gimmicks. The piano on the stage remained idle. “I thought it was nice, it was an interesting interpretation of the concept of the festival,” says Anetta-Segev, “but some in the audience were disappointed. We received letters of complaint. But when I say ‘something different’ it need not necessarily be too large a deviation. Sometimes it’s enough if people limit the size of the band or bring a piano to a concert where there usually isn’t one.”
She says the piano is the codeword for the festival’s artistic concept: “A piano is an instrument with a tremendous range. It’s a string instrument and also a percussion instrument. It’s classical and also rock ‘n’ roll. It has an endless richness and it connects many loose ends. This is the source from which the various festival concerts are derived. The goal is numerous styles of music, to open up, expand and try to focus as much as possible: to choose the best things.”
Can she recommend a few notable concerts among the 35 in the festival?
“Firstly,” she says in an ironic teacher’s tone, “the tribute to Batzir Tov [in which Ilan Virtzberg, Eran Tzur, Yirmi Kaplan, Dana Adini and Daniel Solomon perform Virtzberg and Shimon Gelbetz's wonderful album of poems by Yona Wallach]. It’s an old dream of mine, and it’s one of the most beloved Israeli albums, an album that sounds great today as well.
“Another thing I’m proud of is the Yishai Levy concert,” Anetta-Segev continues. “He’s much more than a Middle Eastern singer. He’s always done things a little differently; his whole approach to singing, to the presentation of a text. He doesn’t live in the world of endless musical trills.”
International exhibition Salon d’Automne, one of the most important art events in the world today, is coming to Israel for the first time in history.
The exhibition will take place on October 31-November 4 in Hangar 1 at the Jaffa Port. It will include 500 works of art imported from France to Israel and an additional 500 pieces by Israeli artists chosen through a special committee over the past two months.
The exhibition will also feature musical performances of different styles and presentation.
Founded in 1903, Salon d’Automne provides a unique opportunity for young artists of art forms such as, painting, sculpture, photography, contemporary art, architecture, music, film and dance, to make a break and be known to the world.
In addition, the exhibition allows the audience to discover new trends through the Salon’s unique multi-disciplinary approach to art.
The exhibition provides a platform of innovative art, both modern and contemporary, and new art to provide for the constantly changing world.
In the past, the exhibition brought to light artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Pascin, Chana Orloff, Kisling, Mané Katz, Ruhlmann, Majorelle, Sue & Mare, Lousin Vuitton, Eugene Printz and many others whose works founded the l’Ecole de Paris.
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A new poll conducted by YouGov for the Jewish Chronicle of Britain showed that a clear majority of British citizens did not agree with a cultural boycott of Israel.
The poll highlighted the fact that less than one out of five people objected to Israeli cultural productions being presented in the United Kingdom. Even more, three-quarters of the population had no issue with British counterparts performing in Israel.
The survey was conducted in the wake of a rash of several public outbursts against Israeli cultural presentations across the United Kingdom.
Disruptions were seen at several performances including those of the Habima theater company when it performed at the Globe, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and protests at the appearance of the Batsheva contemporary dance group when it performed at the Edinburgh International Festival.
The statistics gleaned from the new poll contradict British anti-Israel activists who have suggested that the majority of Britons would support a cultural boycott of Israel and consider Israel to be in the same pariah category as Apartheid South Africa used to be.
International artists who continue to perform in Israel despite pressure include Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and Rihanna.