The Israel Festival is proud to present the revival of performance art pioneer Adina Bar-On’s iconic work “Rest,”inspired by Natan Alterman’s lullaby and premiered in 1999.
“The one-woman medium” as the later art critic Adam Baruch called her will present her work, lying on a vertical bed suspended above the ground and reciting Alterman’s lullaby, an ode to the abundance and the glory of the Jezreel Valley.
Tucked under a quilt with small Israeli flags, Bar-On invoke the fear of the mother, artist and war widow, asks: “What is happening tonight of all nights?…/Dark is Mount Gilboa,/A horse gallops from shadow to shadow./The sound of a cry soars upward/From the fields of the Jezreel Valley./Who has fired, and who is the one who has fallen there?”
Beautiful and painful, “Rest” explores the landscapes, people and language of Israeli with rare authenticity. This is the first in a series of seminal works the Israel Festival’s will revive in coming years.
*With the support of the Sherover Foundation and the Jerusalem Foundation