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Hassidic Theme Dance, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2016

This performance was cute. A troupe of girls dressed as Hassidic boys dance to a medley of Hassidic tunes. Around the midpoint of the video, the “rebbe” (the only boy in the group) joins in with a Torah scroll.

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Yerushalayim shel Zahav Dance Group, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 16, 2016

Recorded at the Israel Museum, May 12, 2016. This dance troupe of senior citizens performed several dances in different costumes (must have been hot!). In the commentary, the first segment is described as a “very old dance” and the second was performed to music from the 70s and 80s. I doubt that the first dance is a true folk dance; it is very complex with little repetition and must have taken quite a while to learn. Still, it’s fun to watch.

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Folk Dancing at the Israel Museum (Yom Atzmaut 2016)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 15, 2016

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve lived in Israel since 1989, I’ve never seen a folk dance performance except maybe on TV. Since we had no plans on Yom Atzmaut, we decided to go to the Israel Museum to watch the folk dancing there and I shot this video of some of the dances with non-performers (I’ll post the videos of performances later). In the first segment, there’s a guy holding a plastic sword aloft. He’s from the Yerushalayim shel Zahav dance troupe, a group of senior citizens who performed several times. At 3:38 I added a notation to point out a young guy in a blue shirt and beige baseball cap who really got into the dancing. I started following him with the camera because he was fun to watch.

These videos were shot in the middle of a hot day, between 11 and 1:30. You can see from the shadows that the sun is directly overhead and there’s no shade. It didn’t seem to deter anyone. They all seem to be having a lot of fun.

I was struck by how diverse the folk dance fans are–they cover a wide range of ages and religious observance. I almost wished I had gone to the weekly folk dance classes that were held at the Hebrew U., but honestly, I had two left feet in those days. Being a musician does not translate into being able to dance. I could do it now but I have too many hobbies at the moment. 🙂

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My Very Own Unboxing Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 23, 2014

Western Wall, Jerusalem

A friend and coworker made this short video of my photo going up on the wall of his home office (that means it’s also in the background for his conference calls and on-line meetings). I feel like I’m right up there with the new iPhone! 🙂

The photo is an HDR rendering of the Western Wall, from 2010. I’ve never seen one of my works printed on 20×30″ canvas before. I’m really bad about printing my photos because I’m always chasing the “next, best” image.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Mexican Beadwork

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 28, 2014

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I love the bright colours of Mexican beadwork. I didn’t buy anything this year, though. The prices were somewhat higher and the designs were more mundane. Last year, there were a couple stunning necklaces that I photographed and then kicked myself for not buying on the spot. I bought one of the floral necklaces last year and I hang it on the wall.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Eli Avisera and the Wood Craft Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 28, 2014

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Eli Avisera was back this year, giving wood-working demonstrations. He founded the Wood Craft Center in 1988 and gives courses. One of my coworkers took a course from him and enjoyed it very much. I’m always fascinated by how he can take a block of wood and turn it into a gorgeous box within minutes. His work is magical (check out the video below).

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The wood is poplar.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Eviatar Banai

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 15, 2014

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One aspect of Hutzot Hayotzer (Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Fair) that we always look forward to is the concerts. For 65 NIS (less than $20), it’s a bargain (if you don’t want to hear the concert you can buy a cheaper ticket for 50 NIS). The last evening we went (Aug. 11), I wasn’t able to visit the craft stalls at because we went to two performances: Tav Cafe, followed by Eviatar Banai. Eviatar Banai is a 41-year-old hozer betshuvah (returnee to Judaism) with a clear tenor voice and a soft rock/ballad style. He belongs to the Banai family,  which has produced a large number of Israeli performers.

The concert was sold out, another reason to buy or pick up your tickets early. Mayor Nir Barkat, in his opening remarks, said that each night of Hutzot Hayotzer was dedicated to a different division of the IDF. (We were wondering why the Armored Corp insignia was displayed on the screen before the concert.) He was followed by a high-ranking officer from the Armored Corp, who gave a short speech about how life has to go on (that division lost a lot of soldiers in Gaza) and we have to keep singing.

I made a short video of one of songs near the end. Around the 45-second mark, he segues from rock to a hassidic nigun and lots of people got up to dance. It was good to forget the war for a while.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Flamenco Natural

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 14, 2014

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Flamenco Natural, led by Sharon Saguy, appeared on the small stage of Hutzot Hayotzer (Jerusalem International Arts & Crafts Festival), May 11, 2014. Flamenco is quite popular in Israel. If I were tall, skinny, and blessed with excellent coordination, I’d sign up for classes immediately. <sigh!> Flamenco is beautiful to watch and tricky to photograph without a tripod.

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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2014: “Circus of Light”

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 26, 2014

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“Jerusalem Circus of Light” (Nuno Maya and Carole Purnelle, OCUBO, Portugal) is a clever video-mapping of the old Rothschild building in Batei Mahsei Square, Jewish Quarter. The installation starts with the familiar skyline of Jerusalem at night and turns it into a circus. I love how the architectural elements and cypress trees  are incorporated into the video. The collages of people applauding reminded me of Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python animations.

I recorded a short video (bottom of posting) with a handheld camera.

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Jerusalem Festival of Light 2014: Cuckoo Clock

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 13, 2014

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I love the Cuckoo Clock (AVS Creative, Israel) on the Christian Information Center building! It’s whimsical and clever, with the gumballs rolling down the street and soldiers emerging from the doors. The walls with windows on the upper story appear to crumble or fold inwards, revealing the clock mechanism.

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