Nony Geffen
Self-taught filmmaker Nony Geffen Photo by David Bachar
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Brazilian dance troupe to perform in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

The Brazilian dance troupe Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker is scheduled to appear in Israel for the first time next month, performing its Mix show, a 1996 co-production with France's Lyon Dance Biennial. The Rio-based troupe is set to appear at the Jerusalem Theater from January 21-22, and as part of a dance series from January 23-26 at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. Deborah Colker is a former pianist and handball player. In addition to her work with her own troupe, in 2009 she choreographed a piece for the Cirque du Soleil dance theater. (Shir Hacham )

Kerach 9 to reunite after 13 years for Barby Club show

Members of Kerach 9, an Israeli Britpop-style band that was most active in the late 1990s, are getting back together after 13 years. Led by soloist Noam Rotem, the group is scheduled to take to the stage again for its first concert on February 6 at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. The band will also soon be producing a new single. Founded in 1993, when the Britpop alternative rock style was at its height, Kerach 9 brought the genre to Israel, singing in Hebrew. The group produced its first album in 1997 and its second in 1999. A year later, the band broke up and its members went on to have solo careers. (Uri Zer Aviv )

Din Din Aviv to help open Israeli-Ethiopian arts festival

Israel's annual Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian Arts Festival will be held this year from December 20-27 in Jerusalem at three locations - Confederation House, Beit Shmuel and the Gerard Behar Center. The opening performance of the festival, "Shirat Hamidbar" (Desert Song ), will feature Din Din Aviv, Abate Berihun and Alon Yaffe. Among those appearing at other festival events are singer Esther Rada and the Beta dance troupe, which is directed by Ruth Eshel. The closing event is the premiere of a monodrama written by actor and director Moshe Malka and performed by the Hullegeb Israeli-Ethiopian theater. The festival's artistic director is Effi Boneh. (Zipi Shohat )

Low-budget film 'Not in Tel Aviv' acquired for distribution in France

The low-budget movie "Not in Tel Aviv," Israeli director Nony Geffen's first film, has been acquired for commercial distribution in France beginning in the spring. The French distribution firm Arizona Films has also committed to investing in Geffen's next film. Geffen wrote and produced "Not in Tel Aviv" and also stars in the film, a comedy about a laid-off teacher who abducts one of his students. It debuted at the most recent Cinema South Festival in Sderot, where it won the award for best independently produced film. It will be shown beginning this weekend at the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem cinematheques. (Nirit Anderman )