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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013: Sand Animation and Ghosts

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 24, 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Sheli Ben Nun creates sand animation on a light box in the open Cardo. Her movements are graceful and almost choreographed, with music by Sussita in the background. This particular animation depicted the story of King David and Bathsheva. I noticed  that this year’s festival had very few live performers. The sand animation was one of the most interesting performances I’ve seen at this festival. I will post a short video later.

The photo above was taken with a telephoto from the railing above the open Cardo.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

The photos below show “The Other Side,” by AVS. The trail in the Christian Quarter was transformed into a ghost town with music and videos playing at several stops. It was a challenge to photograph because the images are dark and move quite quickly.

Below, a jazz trio plays above a doorway. Every few bars they turn into skeletons and continue to play.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

A violin-playing ghost is projected onto a stone wall. Interesting textures.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

An organist plays Bach in the doorway of a building.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Dark, shadowy figures, with a broomstick-riding witch darting across the facade of the building.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

Alley of waltzing ghosts projected onto white drapes. This was very tricky to photograph because there were so many competing light sources. It’s a pity that the chandeliers were not lit. Also a pity that they didn’t use a longer clip. Hearing only the first line of “Libiamo” from La Traviata over and over, as you walk down the long street, becomes irritating.

Jerusalem Festival of Light 2013

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