A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS │ CULTURAL ICONS OF THE EAST
Narrative theater, physical theater and music composed of Arab and western motifs. The actors play a variety of instruments, all speaking in Hebrew and singing in Arabic. The stories told by Scheherazade over the course of a thousand and one nights to save herself and the young ladies of the kingdom lead the angry and insulted king and the audience on a journey of adventure, a journey of awareness of human frailty, a journey which ends in reconciliation.
In the fifteenth century a collection of stories written in Arabic was compiled in the city of Alexandria in Egypt. The origin of the stories was from Persia, India, China and a variety of Arab nations. The stories were collected over hundreds of years and the earlier stories were written in the eighth and ninth centuries. Legend has it that Alexander the Great suffered from insomnia and would summon people told "Nightly Story Tellers" to tell him these stories. The words "a thousand" in poetry and myths connote infinity, and the addition of "and one" provides infinity with a lyrical beauty. The tales of "A Thousand and One Nights" have become a myth in itself. They influenced stories written at later times in different cultures and their reincarnations appear in English French and even Hassidic narratives.
* A performance for the whole family, from age 6 and up.
A coproduction of the Jaffa Theatre and the Habima National Theatre.
First performed as part of the 100 year celebrations for the city of Tel Aviv.
Directed by: Norman Issa
Translated by: Gaby Aldor
Adaptation by: Igal Ezraty
Music Composition: Alla Abu Amara, Chen Zymbalista
Stage Design: Uri Onn
Costume Design: Ophir Chazan
Choreography: Priel Chashivon
Lighting Design: Ziv Voloshin
Stage Manager: Ravid Savil
Cast: Anital Alvacher/Evelyn Katcholyn, Davit Gavish/Racheli Pinchas, Amir Hallel / Meir Tamam, Doron Ben-David, Eyal Selma
Date: May 27 at 10:30
Location: Jaffa Theatre
Running time: 1 hour
• Ticket purchase at Jaffa Theatre website and box office
• Supported by the Israel National Lottery
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