Dates and Times
Thu 5 March 2020 at 9pm
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Presented by Avital Raz
A solo performance derived from a song. A politically-charged tale of a drunken one-night stand, infused with stories of growing up in the turmoil of 1980s Israel. A nuanced exploration of the politics of division, from internal checkpoints and separation walls to gender norms.
With the escalation in violence after Trump declared Jerusalem to be the Jewish capital; questions of antisemitism in the Labour Party; rising levels of awareness of the Palestinian cause and the negative feelings towards Israel and Israelis that often accompany it — this performance feels very timely.
A work about Raz’s ethnicity, gender, racism, and the underlying fear that perpetuates it. Can we surmount divisions imposed by occupation? Can we go beyond the blame game and really see each other’s all too vulnerable humanity?
My Jerusalem was developed during 2019 as a WorksAhead commission with Word of Warning/STUN + Contact in Manchester with Arts Council England’s support, mentored by Peader Kirk.
Click here to read Avital’s blog post in which she shares the story of her song – why she created it, why it caused so much controversy, and why it’s relevant now more than ever.
CONTENT TO CONSIDER
This performance contains themes of child abuse and political upheaval. Recommended age rating; 16+. To read the detailed synopsis with the content to consider, please click here.
The company believes there are no health warnings for this performance.
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About the company
Avital Raz studied at The School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, before embarking on a 20-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician. She has released seven albums of her own music and performs with acclaimed world music band Rafiki Jazz. My Jerusalem is her first solo show.