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  Storytelling Festival 2013
 
The 20th Israeli Annual
International Storytelling Festival
19-28 of September 2013
 
The Israeli Annual International Storytelling Festival will be held this year from the 19th of September until the 28th, for 10 days at the Givataim Theatre.
The Festival is a unique and important cultural event that has been at the forefront of Israel’s cultural activity for the past 20 years.
The International Israeli Annual Storytelling Festival is
the largest and most successful storytelling event in the world.
 
During the festival over 100 storytelling shows will be performed on stage with over 800 performers in a wide range of topics featuring theatre stars, comedians, stage performers, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians and prominent cultural figures from across Israel.
To celebrate the 20th year, the Annual Israeli International Storytelling Festival will be hosting prominent performers from around the world: the Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern, the Persian-Dutch storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani and the Polish Storyteller Witold Dabrowski.
Maia Morgenstern is a well-known Romanian actress and manager of the State Jewish Theater in Bucharest (TES). Her acting career spans over three decades, having made her debut at age 18, on the TES stage. Morgenstern had enjoyed wide recognition from the Romanian film industry and later has become known to the international public in various leading roles in American movies. One of them was a lead role in Mel Gibson's controversial movie "The Passion of the Christ" where she played Jesus' mother. Among many awards she received the "Silver Bear" Award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Actress of the Year Award" from the European Parliament. This is the first time she will be performing in Israel.
The show "Speck and Naughty" is a double-recital of the two protagonists: actress Maia Morgenstern and dancer Valentin Rosca, built around the poems written by the Romania born Jewish writer Isaac Lazarovici, better known to its Romanian audience under his pen-name of Ion Pribeagu (John the Wanderer). The whimsical, mischievous lines of Pribeagu's poems, which criticize human mores, are as alive now as when they were written some 70 years ago, and Morgenstern delivers them with a lot of zest.Both actress and dancer dazzle and engage the audience with a tongue-in-cheek performance that proves them to be at the peak of their trade.The show will be in Romanian with English subtitles
 
Sahand Sahebdivani was born in Tehran in 1980 to a family of impoverished nobility of generals and mystics. He escaped the Ayatollahs at the age of three when his family fled to Amsterdam. Like all good Iranian parents his own wanted him to become a doctor. He surprised his parents and probably saved the lives of future patients by becoming a storyteller instead. For the past decade he runs the most popular storytelling center of the Netherlands, hosting nights in Dutch and English. The Dutch storytelling society nominated him national storyteller of the year in 2012 and 2013. Sahand has performed on international stages, performing in the UK, Germany, Hungary and Turkey in Persian, English and Dutch. This will be his first performance in Israel.
In Speaker of Djinns Sahand takes you on a trip that mixes Persian classical stories with the adventures of his own family. Some of his stories are so unbelievable; you have a hard time discerning where the border lies between fantasy and reality. 
 
Witold Dabrowski is a Polish actor, storyteller and the deputy manager of The NN Theatre in Lublin, Poland, devoted to restoring the memory of the non-existent world of the Jewish Lublin by artistic events, exhibitions, seminars and concerts. It is a unique and exceptional organization run by non Jewish artists devoted to preserve the culture of an entire Jewish community that was demolish in World War 2.
The show "Taibele and her demon" is a wonderful adaptation of I.B. Singer's story for one actor and a clarinet player. It is one of the most beautiful short stories of the Jewish Nobel prize winner. Funny and heart braking like every good I.B. Singer story.
This will be the first time Witold will be performing in Israel. The show will be in Polish with Hebrew subtitles.
 
The Artistic Director and creator of the festival is Yossi Alfi - a well-known Israeli storyteller, author and theatre director.
You may visit the festival website for further information: www.yossi-alfi.co.il


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