Tel Aviv International Theater Festival "Big Friends of Small Theater" 2023, initiated and produced by the Malenky Theater, is inviting the public for the fifth year to four days of fine theatrical celebration hosting creators and theater groups from all over the world.
This year's festival explores interpretations, forms, and technology as a language and tool of future theatre. The extensive program includes VR plays (i.e. with a VR helmet), plays in collaboration with artificial intelligence, alternative music, an international conference, and more.
It is an excellent opportunity to analyze together the essence of new technology and its integration into multidisciplinary art, to discuss the thin line that separates technology in the modern era from theater art in one of the most vibrant cities in the world – Tel Aviv.
WHEN: September 6-9, 2023
WHERE: Malenky Theater, Khoma u-Migdal St 32, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Among the festival's events: "I'm Afraid" A new play by the Malenky Theater about the impact of new technologies and artificial intelligence on our lives, from France an interactive play "Qualia" by the LARP Paris group, and from Latvia, the play "Neighbor". Also at the festival: a play by the comedy artists Ori Levanon and Yuri Kazantzev "Catharsis. A Brief History of Racism" and an experimental performance by Shifra Kazhdan.
From Austria will come a VR play "Krasnoyarsk" by Schauspielhauz Graz and from Germany a VR play by the legendary international artist Susanne Kennedy "I AM (VR)". In addition, there will be an audio-visual performance created by a collaboration between Dani Williamson and Hagai Eisenberg "Otherscapes", and an international conference on "The Use of New Technologies in the Theater"
"The goal of TAITF 2023 is to initiate, create, encourage, and develop innovative theater works in Israel. We provide a stage for contemporary theater performances from Israel and around the world to be exposed to new playwriting, unique aesthetics, and experimental forms of theater art. We invite professionals to discuss, debate, and share opinions and enjoy a diverse and exquisite theatrical experience," says artistic director Michael Teplitsky.
"Big Friends of Small Theater" was born out of countless enriching encounters formed over the years with artists and theater groups from different countries during Malenky Theater tours around the world. The contribution of the dialogue between inspiring artists from different countries encapsulates mutual and fruitful enrichment of the work, but also opens a window to the world for the audience and allows us, as a community, to discover new things about ourselves through the eyes of others. This is the only international festival in Israel for chamber productions of contemporary theater. Festival guests are artists and groups. In them, we see friends and partners as part of a global creative artistic fabric. The great success and great interest aroused by the festival in previous years attest to the thirst of the Israeli audience for opportunities to encounter new languages and quality and exciting work.
The Malenky Theater was founded in 1997 by four new immigrants, actors, and creators who graduated from the best theater schools in Eastern Europe and decided to establish a new theater in Israel. Actress Helena Yaralova, actor and director Michael Teplitsky, director Igor Berezin, and theater researcher Dr. Boris Yentin, laid the foundations for the "Melenky" Theater, a groundbreaking ensemble that soon gained a place of honor in the Israeli theater scene, praise reviews, and a loyal audience. Unconventional creative choices, meticulous quality, and artistic daring have established the status of the "Malenky" theater as a quality theater with a unique fingerprint in the Israeli cultural landscape. In 2007, a decade after its establishment, it also received institutional recognition and became a theater group supported on an ongoing basis by the Ministry of Culture and the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality. In addition to ongoing support, the theater's activity also relies on assistance from institutions, foundations, philanthropic bodies, private donors, Mifal Hapayis, and the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption.
FESTIVAL PROGRAM AND TICKETS
5th Tel Aviv International Theater Festival
"Great friends of a small theater"
Tickets: 40-150 NIS
For the entire festival program and ticket purchasing refer to the festival website.
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