Con­sulate Gen­eral of Is­rael in Shang­hai hosts dance and mu­sic con­certs

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CONSULATE - By Qi Xi­jia Page Ed­i­tor: yuxi@ glob­al­

To honor the 25th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Is­rael, the 19th China Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val will hold an Is­rael Cul­ture Week from Novem­ber 11 to 15.

Or­ga­nized by the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Is­rael in Shang­hai and the cen­ter for China Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, Is­rael Cul­ture Week aims to present the com­pre­hen­sive and classical achieve­ments of Is­raeli art, pro­vid­ing lo­cal Chi­nese a chance to em­brace Is­raeli tra­di­tions and cul­ture through var­i­ous events in­clud­ing stage per­for­mances, mas­ter classes and work­shops and art ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Dur­ing Is­rael Cul­ture Week, some of Is­rael’s finest artists will per­form in Shang­hai. In­bal Pinto & Avshalom Pol­lak Dance Co will present an in­ter­na­tional de­but of their new­est piece, Ice­tree, at Shang­hai Grand Theatre on Novem­ber 10 and 11.

Hon­ored with four Emmy Awards and 16 Grammy Awards, vi­o­lin­ist Itzhak Perl­man will present a vi­o­lin recital at Shang­hai Ori­en­tal Art Cen­ter on Novem­ber 11. Perl­man is known for his col­lab­o­ra­tions with film com­poser John Wil­liams in Steven Spiel­berg’s Academy Award­win­ning film Schindler’s List.

Singer Ester Rada will give a live con­cert at Shang­hai Ur­ban Lawn Mu­sic Plaza. She has toured five con­ti­nents with her unique mu­sic style that com­bines soul, R&B jazz and Ethiopian.

Pi­anist Yaron Kohlberg will present a recital at Shang­hai Con­cert Hall on Novem­ber 14. Born in Jerusalem, Kohlberg re­sides in China, where he per­forms reg­u­larly and gives mas­ter classes in Chi­nese. Dur­ing his pi­ano recital, Kohlberg will play his fa­vorite Chi­nese song Caiyun Zhuiyue (Col­or­ful Clouds Chas­ing the Moon) among oth­ers.

“I re­side in China be­cause there is a strong pas­sion for mu­sic here. Chi­nese peo­ple are en­thu­si­as­tic about my mu­sic and I am glad I can con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the mu­sic scene in China with my per­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence across the world,” Kohlberg told the Global Times.

Since its foun­da­tion in 1999, the China Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val has been com­mit­ted to the pur­pose of pre­sent­ing art to the gen­eral pub­lic and has be­come an im- por­tant plat­form for cul­tural ex­change.

For the past 18 years, over 30,000 artists and 570 art or­ga­ni­za­tions from 70 coun­tries and re­gions around the world have vis­ited the fes­ti­val, where 989 shows have been staged, at­tract­ing a to­tal au­di­ence of over 4.3 mil­lion.

Since 2002, the fes­ti­val has been in­tro­duc­ing a cul­tural week from a guest coun­try ev­ery year to show­case cul­tures from around the world and il­lus­trate the deep mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship be­tween China and the rest of the world.

“Is­rael Cul­ture Week this year is very good op­por­tu­nity for us to bring to Shang­hai the best of Is­raeli cul­ture, in­clud­ing mod­ern dance, mu­sic and singers. I am sure, fol­low­ing th­ese per­for­mances, we will know each other bet­ter,” Eyal Prop­per, the Con­sul Gen­eral of Is­rael in Shang­hai, told the Global Times at the open­ing cer­e­mony of Is­rael Cul­ture Week on Wed­nes­day.

“I would like to see more Chi­nese peo­ple com­ing to Is­rael, ex­plore Is­rael, see the beauty of Is­rael,” he said.

Photos: Cour­tesy of the Con­sulate Gen­eral of Is­rael in Shang­hai

Au­di­ence en­joys a pi­ano per­for­mance at the event Wed­nes­day. (Above) Eyal Prop­per, Con­sul Gen­eral of Is­rael in Shang­hai; Ta­ble dec­o­ra­tions at the event

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