NephilimThe Masie House
Yonatan Levy, Boaz Lavie, Noam Inbar, Nir Shauloff, Menashe Noy, Smadar Yaaron, and Noam Semel (Israel)
Duration: 75 minutes
Director Yonatan Levy continues his theatrical journey into Israeli reality’s unconscious layers. His previous works “Saddam Hussein: A Mystery Play,” written with playwright Nir Shauloff, and “Raful and the Sea,” written with musician Noam Inbar and starring Menashe Noy, quickly became local cult favorites. This fascinating creative collaboration now brings us Nephilim, a trilogy about three Israelis who look at the State of Israel from outside, from Menachem Begin to a fictitious judoka to Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.
“Nephilim” begins in the 1980 visit of then-prime minister Menachem Begin (played by Cameria Theatre director Noam Semel) to Beaufort Fortress in Lebanon. The piece grapples with the bankruptcy of the political morality and ethos, questioning the engagement in a bloody battle for symbolic reasons. Starring Menashe Noy and Nir Shauloff, the second act features an Israeli judoka who, about to compete for a gold medal in the 1990 Asian championships in Turkmenistan, learns that Israel was destroyed by a nuclear bomb. The third act moves the action into the first decade of the 21st century, centering on Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli (played by Smadar Yaaron), whose fashionably bespectacled gaze – through the Carolina Lemke sunglasses – follows departing and arriving passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport. The trilogy follows underground currents in the unconscious of Israeli identity, from Menachem Begin’s depression to obsessive coverage of achievement in sports to the complete takeover of public space by Refaeli’s image.
The unique and magnetic theatrical language coined by Yonatan Levy easily avoids facile definitions. It is ritualistic, poetic and profound, while at the same time charming and captivating. Levy’s collaboration with Noam Inbar (of the band HaBiluim) has resulted in a musical-ritual production rich in images and a hymn to the surrealism of the local reality which, like Levy’s other works, stretches the limits of contemporary Israeli theater.
Director: Yonatan Levy
Music: Noam Inbar
Written by: Yonatan Levy and Boaz Lavie
With: Noam Semel, Nir Shauloff, Menashe Noy, Smadar Yaaron
Musicians: Noam Inbar, Adam Scheflan, Ariel Armoni
Movement: Israel Sassover
Producer and assistant director: Adi Kahana
Video: Yoav Brill
Costumes: Keren Nehushtan
Lighting: Omer Sheizaf
Production: Hazira Performance Art ArenaNext Show >< Previous show
- 26.5 Thursday, 21:00Buy tickets
- 27.5 Friday, 12:00Buy tickets
- 28.5 Saturday, 21:00Buy tickets