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
Broken, destroyed pianos are given new life
Five ancient, huge beasts sprawled on the roof of a building like relics from a prehistoric age, whose thunderous, raging and tremulous sounds resonate from the body of the pianos. This musical family creates a savannah of notes that play off one another in a desperate attempt to find a meeting point, despite the fact that it is in constant motion and thus perpetually escapes them. Visitors are invited to explore the work through their bodies, seated or lying down, to touch the raging beasts and to feel the vibrations with all their senses, to contemplate in the space between what the eye perceives and the ear picks up, to hear through the gut.
Root 2 was created as a response to the Western approach to music, which is based on mathematical principles that compare sounds but blur the deeper meaning behind a sound’s specific pitch. Thus, the Well-Tempered Clavier, with its 88 keys can be anything it wants. Using this capacity for camouflage, Maya Dunietz created the mammoth family out of broken, destroyed pianos that are given new life as a hybrid of new and old technology.
This complex sound work explores the universe of rhythms and creates a sonic landscape of psycho-acoustic phenomena, which reveal the voices between sounds, voices that are constantly present but usually escape our senses.
The roof of the Histadrut building, 17 Strauss St.