Must-see art exhibitions
Emoglyphs: from Hieroglyphs to the Emoji
During the succeeding millennia, these crude and limiting symbols were replaced by roughly 20 signs representing sounds rather than ideas, evolving into today's much more dynamic alphabet used by most of Western society. But oddly enough, the reemergence of picture writing has made a comeback in the Cyber Age in an unexpected way: the Emoji. By presenting the metamorphosis of picture writing from Antiquity through modern times, Emoglyphs illuminates the timeless power of the picture to act as a complex and sophisticated system of communication. The exhibition is designed by Shirley Yahalomi, who uses film and multimedia projections to showcase a wealth of archeological finds from ancient Egypt within the context of contemporary Emoji use.
Israeli dance & theater
Basel Ballet - Carmen
By focusing on violence and passion, Johan Inger hopes to bring out the archetypes and undertones of youth and innocence. Combined with Bizet and Marc Alvarez's original music, Inger's choreography aims to reunite the youthful loves with sexy gypsy spells. Carmen is a performance originally created by Roland Petit and his company, Les Ballets de Paris, which has since become a classic in the world of dance. Basel aims to freshen up the 1949 original to fit into the world of the 21st Century
Yan Li Ping - Rite of Spring
Yan Li Ping's captivating work that has been enjoyed by audiences in Israel and all over the world, will be showcasing the cycle of life from birth through death to rebirth. The violent reality of life is a central theme for Yan Li Ping, who examines the human condition from an Eastern perspective. Rite of Spring features sounds by Stravinsky alongside traditional Tibetan music and the spectacular choreography of Yan Li Ping.
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Be´er Sheva Performing Arts Center
The Be´er Sheva Performing Arts center was founded in the early 1970’s by two actresses: Margalit Stander and Naomi Blumenthal. After being founded, the center suffered a rocky start, with difficulties in finding patrons and actors to take part in productions. However, the staff believed in the performing arts center and it garnered more support throughout the years. Today, it houses two of Be´er Sheva's most prominent performing arts groups; the Be´er Sheva Symphony Orchestra and the Be´er Sheva Theater. In addition to musical and theatrical productions, the performing arts center also hosts many events and conventions.