This year, we offer you a concentrated festival comprising, almost entirely, of original productions that will flood the imagination with additional, possible realities. A festival that curates reality through meticulously produced artworks, expands your mind and also tries, wherever possible, to influence that reality in return. During the three weeks of Mekudeshet 2018—and actually at any given moment—we try to go back to our roots, to the spring or the heart of the city, and to call on everyone who believes—no matter what—to come to Jerusalem, to come find what is sacred for them, to come in peace.Tongues of Fire
Come run with us in a performance in which Jerusalem is the subject, object and the background.
Running earned the title of a “new religion” a long time ago. And right now, in some place in the world, its 6 in the morning or 11 at night, and somebody is carefully tying their shoelaces and getting ready to run. We recommend you go with the flow, warm up your body, get your blood pumping a little faster, take a fast paced look at Jerusalem, gain some insights between breaths, and learn a bit more about yourself via the city.
As we set out to run together in a small, intimate group, our thoughts will start running, too. Gal Friedman, an actor and somebody to run with, will lead the way, share his fascinating personal story with us (or at least some of it) and guide us with the help of some sporty earphones in a part-scripted, part-improvised performance directed by Renana Raz. He will invite us to not only listen to the rhythm of our breathing, but also to the city as it reveals itself to us. For about an hour, we absorb ourselves in a 5km group experience at a pace that alternates between a light run and a fast walk, and passes through enough worlds, communities, agendas and thoughts to last a lifetime for anywhere but Jerusalem.
Here’s a taste of what you have to look forward to: The run will start on the old train tracks that were converted into a municipal park and well quaffed entertainment center which is open and closed on Shabbat. From there we run over the Cinemateque bridge that is framed by the walls of the Old City as we indulge in a fleeting fantasy that we are Rocky Balboa running up the legendary stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From the Jaffa Gate, we will run down to Damascus Gate and move from West to East Jerusalem in order to finish the run at Safra Square, which encircles the new municipal building.
Afraid it’ll be too hard? If you have running shoes, even if they are buried at the back of your cupboard, this is for you…take our word for it!