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I'm better. Down time took a while, but it's over.

So - updates, and the photography will get a few posts on it's own:

[From recent events back]

New York, New York )


Leonard Cohen, pics included! )


Quick report on the Madonna show – I didn't have much fun. Most of the show is about, well, the show, not the music (and she has great music, ton of soul in so many of her songs), and it bothered me to no end. The breaking point was Frozen. I'm sorry, but a dance version of this song? So, I dragged my mom out early, and I'll never go see her again. This is one artist the recorded version of her songs was that much better and full of emotion than the live version. I still love her, but I'll know better.


Hora )


OK. That's it for now. Wait for more photography.
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So... I went to see the dancers of the Paris Opera House yesterday at the Suzanne Dalal center.

Longish report of this amazing performance )

Udi was home when I got back and was very kind to listen to my rambling about the show. I also got to talk with him about what he wanted to do when he will be discharged in November, and a bit about politics. He seemed to be in a fairly good mood (might have something to do with the fact he's on vacation this week) and the late hour seemed to help him open up. It was a good conversation.

My mom and I went to buy me a dress today in Hod Hasharon (since she didn't like the one I got and I really didn't want to go to the wedding we have this week with pants or a skirt) and we managed to find a nice one we both liked, with good shape and it's not black (only needs to be shortened a bit). Spent the day doing nothing much, supporting a headache (third time this week... Damn air condition).

I can't wait until tomorrow, because I'll be giving Hagar her birthday present and it has been in the works since March. Finally. The card is done as well, and all I have left to do is wrap it, which will be a hassle, the painting being 70x100 cm...
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I went to see "What is it to you, angel" (מה לך מלאך) with Netalie at Suzanne Dalal. It was incredible.

The first part was mainly Rina Shinfeld and a co dancer in a duet (I'll point out that Rina Shinfeld is 71 years old and her co dancer was a guy in his twenties and the dance was semi mother/son and semi lovers. Made me think of D.H. Lawrence). It was beautiful - there were poles they hung from and a lot of playing with Rina's hair as a prop (lovely artistic). There were some six or seven female dancers and they joined and interwove into the duet at some point, and there were times two girls held on to a cloth and the projected pictures from (I imagine) Rina's childhood. The end had the dancers and music saying that "Heaven is like the place we are now, only much, much better". The energized ending to the dance was beautiful, and then they had some red props (they were dressed in grey), and after the first round of applause the dancers swept to the audience and pulled a few people from the crowd to dance with them on the stage. Mesmerizing and intoxicating.

We left with huge grins on our faces, and since this was my birthday gift from Netalie I'll say once more - Thank you!!! :)
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Thuesday night I had a fight with my dad. It ended with him saying "Find another house" and in me packing a bag and getting the hell out. Called Hagar and made sure I could crash there.

Spent the evening with her, a bottle of beer and "Twilight" (finished my month-and-a-half-project of all the "Harry Potter"s) and went to sleep at about 11:30. Slept badly - there was the noise of cars, the too-narrow-bed and my anger, who was creeping into my dreams. Only really fell asleep early in the morning, and by then the alarm went off and I got up, thankful, that the night was over.

Got some breakfast and made a few additions to my papers and then we left for the university. We were there with plenty time to spare so I was able to go print a few more things before my test. All in all, the test didn't go down as well as i could have hoped, but better than I could have expected. My eventful evening and night didn't help with that, too, and I found myself at times gazing blankly at the wall, my head full of buzzing.

Had a meeting with Keren after that, got plenty of compliments and a few points to work about (it was a feedback meeting) and then my mom picked me up and we made a few rounds before going home.

Spent the afternoon slouched on the couch, half dozing off half reading (Netalie called during which, and my behavior after that told me I wasn't really awake while speaking to her) until I got up and went to the shower. Was out of the house by 19:30 and was in Suzzanne Dalal at 20:00.

Netalie came and met me there and we ate at Suzzanna (I was supposed to call her when I got to Tel Aviv and pick her up but, as I said, I was half asleep when we talked). Dinner was great, though, and the dance show (Oyster - Inbal Pinto again) was beautiful.

I've seen that show before, some years ago, and it was just as wonderful as I remembered and even more - the theater-like feel they have to the dance, the costumes, so much great dancers... It was like a dream made into a performance. Netalie was just as thrilled about it as I was.

Drove her home and was home myself at about 11:30.

Now I need to study.

But House just finished downloading... Mmm.
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So. 60 Hz, by the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company was amazing,. The whole thing is built around sounds, but, as all contemporary dance, says much more than the original idea.

The show started a bit funny, with a woman walking around with two golden cages around her bottom, but when the entire company took the stage there was enough energy to blow off the roof.

There were a few parts I loved more - one dancer performed a wonderful solo dance, to almost no music (there was hardly music during the whole thing - loud noises and talk mostly) that was later repeated with the entire company. There were also a few duets, two by a man and a woman, two by two women and one with two men. I loved the male duet the most, it was full of enough love, passion, sex and closeness that it brought tears to my eyes. It was one of the best pieces of dance I've ever seen.

There was a part, really loud, really powerful of all the dancers on stage moving and vibrating to sound of excited mumbelling and jibrish talk, with the dancer with the golden cages pretending to scream all the time. Laughed my ass off...

I went with Lilach and she loved it too (less than I did) and we finished the evening with a trip to Suzzanna, the cafe near Suzzanne Dalal Center. Had some really good food, wine (I wasn't driving and that was fun) and conversation and got home at about 23:30.

Also, my dad's work place was hit last night from a missile, he spent some time in a safe room and when he got home my mom greeted him with a "Oh, look, the war hero came home!". Needless to say, we were very happy he was home, and he'll be in Holon today, nowhere near falling missiles.
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Netalie and I went to see a show last night - "Hydra" - a dance show by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak. It was fantastic! We left Suzzanne Dalal with our mouths open, it was so good. I can never really describe dance shows, sadly, so if you're interested and you love dance - go see it. Wonderful.

After that (we had lunch at Bellini beforehand, wasn't that great) we went for a walk and then decided to go the TA harbor, where we could find ice cream and some places to take a few pictures. Netalie really wanted me to take a few photos of her. I must say, I think the first one is the best portait I've ever taken...

We had ice cream at "Iceberg-Volcano", again, wasn't all that great (we took a dish I'm not familiar with and it was a bit anemic) but they gave us some candles and a Hunukia so we lit candles and again, I took some pictures.

Also took some pictures of the harbor.

Here they all are )
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I haven't written about the dance show last night, have I?

Well, it was incredible. four pieces, the first was "Magnolia" with Talia Paz (I've seen that before), the second was with English dancers, the third Talia Paz again and the forth with a Japanese dancer (choreographed by a dutch choreographer).

Magnolia was amazing, like the first time I saw it. If there is some sort of dance-interpretation for life, this is it. Name the emotion, it's there, with all of life's little screw-ups. And Talia Paz... Would someone clone this woman, please? She's un-fucking-believable. Such a virtuous dancer I've never seen in my life, the way she moved her body, it's like she can control every last muscle and bone separately.

The second part was wonderful - two dancers, a man and a woman dancing to the sound of instructions on how to assemble the complete - saying, the combination of the two, and how to use each separately. The narrative (with no music but with great pace and intonation) was quite hilarious most of the time, and the dancers dance their parts as, well, parts is done to perfection. Quite "normal" modern dancing, but excellently performed.

The third part was my least favorite - Talia Paz again, but in a different piece by another choreographer. It was less to my taste and by that point I was really tired, and my eyes shut more than once.

The forth part was more modern ballet than anything else with Johnny Cash music, which fitted it beautifully. It was, again, quite "normal" modern dancing, but, again, done extremely well by a very able dancer, and not just able - expressive enough for this role.

The entire thing wasn't long - I was home at 23:30 (the show started at 22:00 and it was about 20 minutes driving to get me home) with a bunch of leaflets for the next month's worth of shows in Suzanne Dallal Center. Good time.
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Got tickets for two shows - one is Hooverfonic that's playing in the Barbi in Tel Aviv on thursday night and the other is a dance show on Friday night in Susan Dalal's Center - Three Creators - Britain, Israel and the Netherlands, which is supposed to be relly good and with Talia Paz (whom I love).

So, lot's of money spend, but these things are priceless, to me.

Just need to get ther, now, as in, let it be Thursday night and Friday night.


Sep. 13th, 2008 12:05 pm
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Yesterday morning )

Had lunch with my parents and went on the get some painting done, managed to almost finish one base (I finished the base today, also got on to the second lair of actual painting), went on with another painting and by then I noticed it was late so I went to get the truffles rolled and get washed and dressed.

Evening - Party and a show )

Going to eat at my grandparents today so I have to get dressed soon. Also got to paint a bit today as well.
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כרגע חזרתי מ"מגנוליות" של טליה פז.


קודם כל, המופע מוזר לחלוטין - הוא מורכב משלושה חלקים, את הראשון והאחרון רוקדת טליה פז לבד על הבמה ואת הקטע האמצעי רוקד בחור יפני בשם שינטארו אווה. החלק הראשון הוא ריקוד סולו של טליה כשהיא לבושה רק בתחתונים שחורים על הבמה. לראות את החלק הזה גרם לי לחשוב כל כך הרבה מחשבות בזו אחרי זו - לחשוב על איך עירום הוא במילא חלק מריקוד, גם אם לבושים, על מחלות, על איגרוף, על זקנים, על כל כך הרבה דברים שנפתחו בתוכי ונעלמו בתנועה הבאה. והיא רקדנית מדהימה - וירטואוזיות של הגוף... אלוהים, כל כך הרבה שרון, והיא אשה כל כך בשלה, יש לה כל כך הרבה בגרות בריקוד הזה. לא הרבה אנשים יכולים לעשות מה שהיא עשתה ולא להיראות מגוחכים.

החלק האמצעי מצא חן בעיני הכי פחות, כי הוא גם היה מורכב מלא המון אשכרה ריקוד - הרבה עמידה במקום, הרבה דיבור וכל מיני שיחות מוזרות עם שני מקליטים קטנים. הרקדן שביצע את הקטע הזה היה, בקטעים שכן היה ריקוד, רקדן מעולה.

אני יודעת בתוכי שגם הדיבור והמוזרות היא חלק מהריקוד, אבל אצלו היה לי קשה יותר לקבל את זה מאצלה, כי בחלק האחרון גם היא דיברה הרבה והחליפה בגדים על הבמה לשמלה אדומה ורקדה ורקדה איזה חמישה חלקים שהתחברו למין רצף של קפיצות לגבהים שונים, ופשוט,... אוי, זה פשוט כאב מעונג. הכוריאוגרפיות היו כולן חדשניות מאוד, טוויסטיות וקורקיות, ובאיזשהו מקום לפעמים זה נורא מנסה להגיע לקצה הכי רחוק שאפשר.

לפעמים זה גם מצליח.

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First, a quote from Adi Ashkenazi last night: "There isn't such a thing as a straight girl, there is just not enough Vodka".


Today was big - my grandparents' 60 anniversary. We arranged a nice big party for them, in my aunt's house, with a few of their friends (those who are alive and can get in the car/sit still for an hour/remember who they are... I'm not joking here) and a few of my mom and my aunt's friends (my aunt is my mom's sister and my grandparents are my mom's parents). At first my grandma said she didn't even want a party (she had been ill for a long time up until a few weeks ago) but she came around, and we went ahead with our plan. everything was wonderful, my dad and I made a presentation from old photos and my dad rhymed so much of their life story. They were really touched, I even saw my grandad shed a tear. My mom, after crying on and off for some time in the beginning of the party behaved and didn't cry during the presentation (it was also written funnily, so it helped), and I made it my goal to get people drunk - whiskey and brandy and martini, oh my!

Will be leaving shortly with Michali and Eyal for a dance show I'm dying to see.

Didn't really get a chance to work this weekend... Mmmm.


Sep. 5th, 2007 11:39 am
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Went to the TA museum of Art yesterday with Mel. Had a lot of fun walking around some of the exhibitions - especially the "One Family" photograph exhibition and the contemporary Italian art one. The impressionist constant exhibition was very beautiful as well, and I loved some of the cubist stuff Mel didn't. We both loved Jackson Pollock's paintings, and the Chagall paintings as well. We spent about two hours there and after that we went to "Cup o' Joe" across the street for a sandwich and diet coke (which made Mel go "I'm at "Joe" and I don't get coffee?!"). We walked back to Begin road and I caught the bus as Mel went over to the train station.

I'm finally writing "Gold Dust", the HDM fic I've been thinking of for so long. It's only the beginning, but it's coming on nicely, and I hope It'll be in a condition good enough for others' reading in a while.

I hope I'll have some time to go buy myself something new to wear on New year's eve, but my hopes are not high. Oh, well. We are the hosts this year, since my grandma doesn't have the strength to make the entire preparations. I'm planning on making wine-punch to make everybody extra-cheery.

I also had a dream last night which drew power from all sorts of stuff - starting with HP and ending with "Kyle XY" which I watched last night - a beautiful beach with dunes on a cliff, me trying to hide myself and some objects and a feeling of peace. Hmmm.

T.V. annoyance - Two episodes of "The Dead Zone" got to 99% and got stuck there... It's been there for three days, and I haven't been able to find another torrent to download them from. ARGH.
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We went to se "Les Miserables" last night, and it was un-fucking-believable.

We both had a really great time, and we both cried our eyes out (Mel continued on with the sobbing even after we left the theater). The choreography is superb, and the actors are so moving and sing so beautifully, it was just divine.

The funny part was that people around us started laughing at us for crying... :)

Oh, well, it was worth the small fortune it took to buy tickets, and we finally found the allusive 113 bus (even though we did have a nice trip looking for it around Oxford Circus, but neh).

We're leaving London today, so I'll probably have no internet for a while. We're going to Alton, and tomorrow... Alton Towers!!! Woot! Roller coasters!!!

I love roller coasters, can you tell? :)

Oh, the Tori Amos show. Well, I've already said how much I love her, and she played "Winter". That particular song hit such a nerve - I kept thinking about myself at 17, sitting on the bed with my earphones listening to "Little Earthquakes" because I had a bad day at school or my mom annoyed me, and I told the girl I was "This is real! You're at a Tori Amos concert!". It's just I've been dreaming about this time for so long, that it was something so big when it actually happened, and I didn't feel empty at all when it was over. On the contrary - it just made me happier and fuller.

For all those years i had this moment in my head and now it came true, and I have a one minute movie (lousy quolity, with my phone) of Tori singing "I believe in peace, BITCH!" with Mel and I singing in the background.

Oh, good times.
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A text from Eyal yesterday: "I have a surprise for you"

He bought me a bunch of Macaroon cookies in "Mazarin".


Second session about china last night wasn't as good as the first - the first two lectures were quite dull, the first about Mau Tze Dung and the second about the army in his days (the duller than the two). The third lecture, however, was presented by a young enthusiastic woman and dealt with the station of the woman in Mau's days as ruler of China, with the Communist party. I enjoyed the lecture very much, and it seemed to have woken up half the crowd (which was dosing off slightly...)

After the lecture ended Michali and I went to meet Eyal in his parents' house and headed to have a cup of coffee (or ice-tea, in my case) in "Cafe Henrietta" close by. I was rude and ate a few of the cookies right then and there, but the place deserved it - it took them a few good minutes to pay attention to us standing (because there was only two chairs around our table) and it took them a few more good minutes to fetch our drinks (how long does it take to make two cups of coffee and an ice-tea?!?!). We didn't stay long, and left to go home after ten minutes (Eyal bluntly refused to let me pay).

Had work this morning but Motty didn't show up so I had time after finishing the usual stuff to sit down, listen to Pandora and read. Plus, Navot called and we had a 30-minutes talk about a cool idea he has.

It's really hot outside, and I'm still wearing a sweater (haven't had the boost to get up and change it). I'm meeting Avihu tonight to go have dinner at "Edisson". Joy!
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It's already Thursday, and that's really good, since I'll be able to have some time off this weekend, and I'm really looking forward to sleeping well on Saturday (since I'm working tomorrow). My parents will be out of the house most of Saturday, since they are invited to have lunch in the Negev at a house of a friend of my father's.

Haven't done anything today, just watched as the hours went on lazily, reading most of the time (I'm over page 550 in OotP, at "Snape's worst memory" and I remember exactly how I felt the first time I read it - and I'm looking into the gloomy ending).

I have my second of three sessions about China tonight - today it's "China under Mau". As the first session was really interesting I'm quite looking forward to it, plus I'll have some time in Azrieli so I'll be able to find mom a birthday present (she made my life very easy and told me she wanted a bottle of perfume as a gift - with an extension to exactly what kind she wants) and maybe get something to eat.

"A sorta fairytale" is on now on pandora. Oh, the summer is coming...
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Dance show - pretty amazing )

Susana and a cat )

After about an hour we have finished our drinking and eating (and conversation), so we headed home. I dropped her off at her place, and walked into our apartement just as my dad was turning off the lights.

My floor was, again, peed on, so I had to clean it up before I turned in, and was quite annoyed about it, but the wonderful evening I had kept me from swearing loudly...

Morning brought a very strange weather. The window is open and there's some wind, but there's haze outside, and I can't help thinking something's changing.


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