17.11.04 | 18:00 | Schauspielhaus
A KIND OF FEMME FATALE - Israel
By Yitzhak Ben-Ner
With: Gili Ben Ozilio
Directed and adapted by: Issi Mamanov
Stage design: Mihaela Lika
Light: Asi Gotesman
Music and video: Dudik Openheim
Co'creator: Nir Turk
Duration: approx. 70 min.
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles
In City of Refuge, Yitzhak Ben-Ner paints a cruel
portrait of Israeli society, which is threatened by some vague
catastrophe. The novel consists of seven fascinating monologues,
each one the story of an individual living in Tel Aviv, the
city of refuge alluded to in the title. These are lonely, often
bizarre people with bleak lives, suffering from neglect and
from insatiable yearning.
Issi Mamanov’s piece is a prize-winning adaptation of
one of the monologues. Its protagonist is the 27-year-old Mali,
a cancer-afflicted man-hunter who takes sadistic pleasure in
informing all her imagined sex partners that she is HIV-positive.
She is alone in her hospital room (which she calls her „private
hospice“) and imagines seducing all those strangers only
to let them know afterwards about her illness – their
reaction is quite aggressive. As the piece is progressing, Mali
changes from the terminally ill person into a beautiful woman
– “a kind of femme fatale” – who is
not afraid of her fate any more.
The performance combines the means of traditional theatre and
the video art.