News in Brief

Israeli director brings original, multilingual play to Europe

Israeli director Ofira Hennig is presenting an original play called "Move, You're Blocking the Sun" in cooperation with several European festivals and theaters. The play premiered at the TAK Theater in Liechtenstein in September 2012 in Hebrew, German, Spanish and Arabic, with subtitles in German. The first Israeli performance will be held at the Nahmani Theater in Tel Aviv in March. "Move, You're Blocking the Sun" deals with the various cultural, historical and political contexts that influence artists, and it features textual, documentary and poetic materials written and spoken by the artists portrayed by the actors. These include Heinrich Heine, Federico Garcia Lorca, Leni Riefenstahl, Albert Camus and others. Actors include Rivka Neumann, Doron Tavori, Shalom Shmuelov, Sylvia Drori, Salwa Nakara and Yusuf Abu-Warda. According to Hennig, the actors' encounters with the figures they portray interested them as much as the stories themselves. (Maya Sela )

Tel Aviv Cinematheque to screen collection of pre-1912 shorts

Sixty short films made before 1912 in England, France and the United States will be screened at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque on January 23. The films, from the collection of the British Film Institute, are mostly news shorts and documentaries, but also include dramas, comedies and fantasies. Among the films to be screened are the Lumiere Brothers' "Demolition of a Wall," "The Card Game," and the comedy "Watering the Gardener." Nine films by Pathe are to be shown, including "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." There will be 40 films from the Edison company, including "The Great Train Robbery" and the first commercial. (Nirit Anderman ) Israel Museum to recognize scholar of ancient coins The Ya'akov Meshorer Prize for Numismatics will be awarded this year to Prof. Alla Kushnir-Stein of Tel Aviv University. The prize, in the amount of $5,000, is awarded every three years by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem to a leading scholar of ancient coins. Kushnir-Stein received the award in recognition of her research on ancient coins, weights and seals from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. (Yuval Saar )

Top Hebrew writers to appear at desert poetry festival

The 12th poetry festival in the desert, Yemei Shira Bamidbar, will be held at Midreshet Ben-Gurion, near Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev, from Thursday to Saturday. Among the poets, musicians and writers to appear are Haim Gouri, Yossi Sarid, Nurit Zarchi, A.B. Yehoshua, Meir Shalev, Yehuda Atlas, Nida Khoury and Khalil Abu-Rabia. A special event will be held in honor of nonagenarian poet Haim Gouri and highlighting Kibbutz Revivim, now celebrating its 70th anniversary. Artistic director Ilona Shahaf said the festival, which was launched in response to the centralization of cultural life in Tel Aviv, has had a major role in emphasizing the cultural contribution of outlying areas. (Maya Sela )