The presale tickets at a reduced price for the "Tongues of Fire" performance by Eviatar Banai have run out! Our recommendation: snap up the remaining tickets before they run out too!Tongues of Fire
An original production created especially for Mekudeshet by Itamar Doari
August 15, 9:30pm / Performance begins: 10:15pm
August 16, 6:00pm / Performance begins: 7:00pm
The relationship between women and the Mediterranean Sea is a love story that reaches back into history. Sirens spread their magic over the waters that conjoined the islands of classical Greece, the sea nymphs controlled the Roman beaches, and mermaids continue to enchant beach dwellers and sailors on the coast of the Middle Eastern basin.
The water that divides Asia, Africa and Europe carried songs, stories and mutual inspiration between those who reside on the Mediterranean shoreline, and thus created a meeting point—living water.
Percussion artist, Itamar Doari, chose to bring us four brilliant musicians from countries in the Middle East basin to meet and create together on one stage in Jerusalem. Each of the women will bring, from their home coastlines, their own personal musical and cultural baggage. But the magic will only be unleashed on the YMCA's enchanting stage when the stormy and calm waves that are within each of them are interweaved on stage.
On stage, four female soloists who will perform the folk songs of their homeland: from Turkey: Mehtap Demir—born in Anatolia and a renowned kamancheh player; from Italy: Maria Mazzotta—resident of the Salento district in Southern Italy and a tambourine and tamburello artist; from Greece: Ria Ellinidou—born in Salonica, she performs a unique combination of Rembetika and Middle Eastern music and from Israel: Chaya Samir, who will perform songs from the earliest days of Israel’s cultural scene with her one-of-a-kind voice.
Behind the scenes, in the driver's seat, will be Itamar Doari, and together with an impressive ensemble comprising percussion, eastern string instruments and a piano, will fill the ship’s sails and take it to new, unchartered lands.