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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Tav Cafe Trapeze Act

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 31, 2014


The trapeze act is part of the standard repertoire of the Tav Cafe but it’s always enjoyable. The last time I was here, I was seated almost directly below the trapeze, almost impossible to photograph or video. This time I was in a much better position, at a table in the center of the cafe. If you get there early enough (around 7:15) and can choose your seat, try to snag a place in front of the stage. The floor section with tables is for paying guests (a beer will last you a long time if it doesn’t get knocked over by a juggler). The seats on the outside are for people who don’t want to order anything to eat or drink.

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Hutzot Hayotzer 2014: Balancing at the Tav Cafe

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 31, 2014


The Tav Cafe show doesn’t change a lot from year to year but it’s still enjoyable. This woman is balancing on ordinary bottles, set into a wooden base on a table.


In the photo below, she steps from a steel cylinder to an ordinary glass bottle.




Now on one hand….


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Video: Hutzot haYotzer 2012, Tav Cafe

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 26, 2012

Hutzot haYotzer 2012 (Jerusalem International Arts  Crafts Fair)

“Tav” means a compartment or cubicle. The Tav Café is literally a cube surrounded on all sides by stages, with a band in one corner, on the second level. I had a seat at the edge, in a corner, so that’s why the angle is the same for all photos and the video. If I’d gotten up to move around someone else would have snagged my seat.

The aerial acrobat in the photo above was less than ten feet above me. I’ve photographed aerial acts before but this is the first time I’ve had to use the wide end of my telephoto! Trying to shoot someone  moving very fast in the dark is always a challenge. I have to crank up the ISO and resign myself to the fact that the photo isn’t going to be tack sharp, although this shot didn’t turn out too badly. Her face is reasonably sharp, even if the angle is a little unflattering (nostrils are rarely a girl’s best feature). Her right leg is sharp, with only a little motion blur in the left leg and the rope. This was cropped so that she would stand out better against the black sky and because I shot with a very wide angle while she was moving around, so that I would have a chance of getting her framed without cutting off a foot.

The performances are a mixture of dance, acting, acrobatics, outlandish costumes. Since this is the second year that I’ve watched the performance I’ve been able to identify some of the regulars. You really need to watch the video to get a sense of the performance, though. One tip: seats are limited and the “real” performance starts after dark (8:10 this year), so grab a seat early. If you’re with kids they might get a bit restless waiting for half an hour. You can sit on the outside for free but the table seats are for people ordering food and drinks.

This talented woman sings, acts, and plays the guitar.

Hutzot haYotzer 2012 (Jerusalem International Arts  Crafts Fair)

I’m wondering whether this glass ball juggler was the same guy I photographed at Balabasta last year, with a shorter haircut. Here’s a better shot of his face. Or maybe balancing glass balls on the back of one’s hands is a trend. In the video a musician with a bowed instrument is accompanying him. I think I’ve identified the instrument. It appears to be a Swedish nyckelharpa. (Here’s a link to a video of a solo nyckelharpa played by a master. One of the reasons I like blogging is because it gives me an excuse to look up info on new instruments, objects, artwork, etc.)

Glass Ball Juggler

Hutzot haYotzer 2012 (Jerusalem International Arts  Crafts Fair)

Tower of nested plastic water bottles balanced on the chin.

Hutzot haYotzer 2012 (Jerusalem International Arts  Crafts Fair)

Hutzot haYotzer 2012 (Jerusalem International Arts  Crafts Fair)

Hutzot haYotzer 2012 (Jerusalem International Arts  Crafts Fair)

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Tav Cafe

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 24, 2011

This video I made of the Tav Cafe performance is worth watching full-screen because there is so much going on.

We went back to the International Arts & Crafts Festival on Tuesday, August 22, and I made a five-minute video of one of the Tav Cafe performances. I was standing in the back corner, which isn’t really permitted, but I managed to record from a good angle. The fire dancer might be the same performer whom I photographed at the Jerusalem Light Exhibit but I’m not positive. Just noticed that no one seems to be shooting the performance with iPhones or pocket cameras, so possibly video/photography was not allowed. Oh well!

Tav Cafe

Here’s a short description of the performers from the Jerusalem Municipality site:

The Tav Group invites the audience to an inter-disciplinary experience. In their wandering courtyard artists and artisans work as a team, offering their guests their best goods, fulfilling all the needs of the body and the soul. Next to their choicest handiworks, they offer exquisite coffee, bread and honey or a glass of wine and cheese. Dancing shadow, story telling and song, gypsy tune, yoga lesson and more. The courtyard is built with a system of scaffolding and galleries, inside and outside – the upper floors of the galleries serve as stages for the performances – dance, music and theater. The lower floor serves as a bar and seating for the audience. In the center of the courtyard is a multi purpose stage and around it tables and chairs for eating and observing. A trapeze and rope for the acrobats are part of the construction.

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