The 27th Room Dances Festival

As is our custom, we weaved this year’s festival around a concept, an idea acting as a soft lens through which we brought together different works and speakers. This year we have chosen “Metamorphosis” – both in its metaphoric and in its biologic sense.

Daphne rejects Apollo’s embrace and becomes a laurel tree; narcissus falls in love with his own reflection, falls into the water and becomes a flower; and Gregor Samsa – how did he become an insect?

We wonder: which secret comes into being inside the egg? What do the distinctive stages of each transformation have in common? What sort of movement is contained in each form?

The festival’s three programs include premiers, guest works, a special project with dancer Renate Graziadei, and the Bikkurim project we created in cooperation with the Jerusalem Foundation, providing a professional stage to five freshly graduated artists. The opening seminar will examine metamorphoses in different fields, and we will have the honor to host poet and translator Aharon Shabtai and Zoologist prof. Ilan Golani alongside the festival’s participants in a discussion of their works.

Amos Hetz and Lior Avizoor

Artistic Directors


Program 1 – Talia de Vries and Johann Nöhles, Shelly Palmon, Gili Inglis, Gadi Avidan

Program 2 – Karina Hananeia, Nava Frenkel, Anna Sgan-Cohen, Omri Reitman

Program 3 - Naama Ityel, Amos Hetz, Renate Graziadei (Germany), Anat Shamgar, Tami Lebovits

Opening Conference – Metamorphoses

Friday, December 11th, 11:00-14:00 - Free admission

At Hateiva – 19 Sderot Yerushalayim, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Participants: Aharon Shabtai, Prof. Ilan Golani, Lior Avizoor and the participating artists

Jerusalem Events

Leo Model Hall, Gerard Behar Center, 11 Bezalel St

Program 1 – Wednesday, December 16th, 20:30

Program 2 – Thursday, December 17th, 20:30

Program 3 – Saturday, December 19th, 20:30

Tel Aviv Events

Hateiva, 19 Sderot Yerushalayim

Program 1 – Thursday, December 24th, 20:30

Program 3 – Friday, December 25th, 20:30

Program 2 – Saturday, December 26th, 20:30


Tickets: Single ticket – 65 NIS; member ticket – 45 NIS; two performances – 70 NIS; three performances – 100 NIS

To order tickets for the Tel Aviv performances, call 03-6822403

Tickets for the Jerusalem events will be sold at the theater before the shows