Turning the World Upside Down
- Tuesday, 21 Aug, 18:00
- Crown Plaza
- Price: No extra charge
An international experience of art and people
A contemporary, and highly acclaimed Belgian dance performance centered on a huge balloon swallowing people; a mesmerizing video installation that responds to spatial movements, oriental rhythms, ethnic music, and Debka dances; with money changers who purchase interaction with the audience.
All these make up the sweeping and extraordinary multicultural event inspired by the sculpture Turning the World Upside Jerusalem, reflecting the many contrasts, meanings and surprises that Jerusalem represents.
The sculpture, by the Jewish Indian-British sculptor Anish Kapoor stands at the Crown Plaza in the Israel Museum. The work is located at the highest point in the museum, and overlooks various sites and landscapes in Jerusalem. The sculpture is shaped like a funnel or hourglass. It is made of polished steel and reflects the views of Jerusalem and the museum area, both directly and inversely, as a metaphor for a city that has many opposites: sacred and profane, heaven and earth, chaos and order.
Kapoor's famous statue is the inspiration for the event - "Turning the World Upside Down", a sweeping, experiential, and extraordinary event. The audience walks or sits around the Crown Plaza, under the open skies, experiencing a variety of surprising artistic-cultural events that combine East and West; new and old; and traditional versus modern - inviting interpretations of life in Jerusalem; Its complex nature, its stylistic richness and its many facets.
WRECK List of extinct species - Pietro Marullo, Belgian artist's dance work
A huge black plastic balloon moves through space like a hunter, swallowing and spitting people, like a whale or a mythical monster. Humans, dancers, disappear into it and have a violent and intriguing relationship with what is about to happen. The bag represents capitalism, with its ability to influence the thoughts of the beholder, multiply the interpretations around it, and create multilayered meanings.
You are a Piece of Art | Workshop | (3-4 pm) | Lower Schickman Gallery
The workshop explores the concept of manipulation, and how it can create materials, ideas, artworks, narrations, and short stories. The starting point is the relationship between bodies, movement and space. We will discover our capacity to give impulses to someone else, as well as our ability to receive the impulse and to transform it to generate our own story. Our goal will be to feel that each story is an auto-fiction.
Participants are invited to join the workshop in comfortable clothing, to be able to move into the space and to work with others.
Video work by artists Daniel Zinni and Yair Moss
The large black plastic bag from the dance performance will serve as raw material for a video work that will be displayed on the wall of the museum; It is a silver object made of particles, which measures the sound volume around the projection building's front, and generates thousands of random encounters between information and material in a convoluted and mesmerizing motion.
Ethnic celebration: the pace of the piyyut
On Tahrir's stage, a virtuoso performance brings the energy, instruments and rhythms of the Middle East, and interweaves piyyutim based on the audience's response. The dance company, D'O Alkendil, will teach the Debka steps to the audience, and create a common folklore experience. The show is led by percussionist Yoni Sharon, who has been performing in Israel and around the world in recent years.
Material exchange - Israeli premiere of a new work by Roy Maayan and Erez Maayan in collaboration with Anat Katz
Two "money changers", a potter and a choreographer, dressed in suits and carrying bags filled with ceramic "gold bars" on their backs will offer people a deal: a gold bar in exchange for an item from the bag or purse of the viewer, that can tell us something about him or her. The act of exchange is accompanied by dancers who turn the economic-interpersonal interaction into a kind of festive ceremony. The items changing hands will be part a dynamic installation created in the event area.
Artistic Director: Neta Cohen
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