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Les membres ETC - Information

The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv
Adresse : 30 Leonardo da Vinci St., P.O.Box 23097
Ville : Tel Aviv
Etat : Israel
Code postal : 64369
Pays : Israël
Téléphone : 00972 3 60 61 910
Fax : 00972 3 60 61 651
Email : laila@cameri.co.il
Site Web : www.cameri.co.il

The Cameri, Tel Aviv's Municipal Theatre that was founded in 1944, is Israel's biggest theatre and one of the country's six public theatres. Each year The Cameri stages up to ten new productions, together with twenty productions from previous years, that are performed before audiences totaling 900,000 people in Tel Aviv, throughout Israel and all over the world - some 1,700 performances every year. The Cameri has 34,000 subscribers. So far, The Cameri has produced some 500 productions on its various stages. The theatre's company includes eighty of Israel's finest actors, and its plays are directed by celebrated directors from Israel and abroad.
In 2003 The Cameri moved into its new and sophisticated home in the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center complex, adjacent to the New Israeli Opera, the Municipal Library and the Tel Aviv Museum. The New Cameri Theatre's five auditoriums constitute a modern, vibrant and active theatrical center.
The new premises include five different performance spaces: Cameri 1, the big auditorium, seats 930, Cameri 2 seats 430, a "Black Box" seating 250, and the Rehearsal Hall, seats 160, which doubles as an auditorium for special projects produced by the Cameri. Added to that is the Theatre Café (100 seats), where the audience is invited to sit at small tables and enjoy chamber performances by Cameri Theatre actors and guest performers, usually after- shows.

Three years ago, in a step almost unequalled for an institution of the arts, The Cameri Theatre was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State of Israel. In their decision the judges noted: "The sixty-year-old Cameri Theatre is a young, involved, responsive, socially-oriented theatre that is attentive to the reality in which we live and responds to current needs. The Cameri Theatre is engaged in fostering and developing original Israeli drama and strengthening ties with the finest culture and modern drama in the world. The Cameri Theatre strives towards excellence on the level of artistic performance in all its branches: acting, directing, sets and music. It nurtures individuality in terms of content, spirit, and character, fosters and encourages young actors and advances them.
The Cameri Theatre strives to broaden the circle of audiences and reaches out to new audiences, including performances in the periphery and on the confrontation line, and in its new home it constitutes an artistic and cultural attraction to all social strata and age groups in Israeli society."
In the theatre's productions - original Israeli plays and plays from world drama - emphasis is placed on social, value and political issues that are at the center of the Israeli public's life. Even the classical plays included in the Cameri's repertoire are selected for their subjects' being close to our heart and on our public's agenda.

 

The theatre has a society of friends headquartered in Tel Aviv with branches in London and New York. In its activities, The Society supports the theatre's wide-ranging activities and assists in advancing projects such as "The Peace Foundation" - bringing young Israelis and Palestinians together to see one of the theatre's productions; "Theatre in Education" - bringing high school and university students to see plays; helping bring special needs audiences to the theatre; subsiding tickets for senior citizens; assisting with the simultaneous translation of our productions into foreign languages (English, Russian and Arabic).
Part of The Cameri Theatre is the Institute of Israeli Drama. The Institute, founded by the Cameri's director general - Noam Semel, aims to the advancement of Israeli drama in Israel and abroad, and the deepening of awareness to the importance of original drama for the emergent Israeli culture. The Institute holds international conferences, at which the works of Israeli playwrights are presented to conference participants.
Noam Semel, who has served as the theatre's director general for thirteen years, served in the past as the Haifa Municipal Theatre's director general and later as Israel's cultural consul in the United States.
Omri Nitzan, the theatre's artistic director for the past twelve years, has directed classical, modern and Israeli dramas in all of Israel's theatres, and has served as an artistic director of Haifa Municipal Theatre, Habima National Theatre and the Israel Festival in Jerusalem. He has directed many of Shakespeare's plays (A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Richard the Third, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, and many more). He also directs operas. Among his works are Verdi's Othello, a production staged at the Caesarea Roman Theatre, Nabucco in Tokyo and L'Elisir D'Amore by Donizetti, of the New Israeli Opera, that was performed Savonlinna Festival, Finland, 2000 and at the Deutscher Oper, Berlin 2005.

 

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