It all started with a pile of wet papers written with smeared blue ink, which survived a leak in the water pipes of an apartment in Jerusalem… It turned out that these were family letters, written for over seven years – from 1934 to 1941- and sent from Poland to a family member who emigrated to Palestine.
This body of letters is adapted and performed by Naomi Yoeli, an independent director and performer, and by the actors of the prominent Ruth Kanner Theatre Group. The performance “reads” the letters, decoding the “between the lines” emotions and yearnings of the family members, while offering more than a glimpse into the private history of one family during a critical period in the “big” history, before and at the beginning of WWII.
Born in Jerusalem, Naomi Yoeli is an independent theatre-director, performer, and researcher, and has been involved in many aspects of theatre, including dramaturgy and playwriting, as well as puppetry and storytelling. Naomi holds a PhD (Summa cum laude) in Theatre Studies from Tel Aviv University and has been researching and teaching “Ceremonies as Theatrical Phenomena”. In her performances Naomi investigates private histories, memories, and traumas vs. the “big histories”, collective memory, rituals, and ceremonies.
Selected works: Aunt Frieda: The Museum (2006), Between Calendars (2008), The Table: Class Work (2010), Explosive: War Tourism (2011), My Ex Step Mother in Law (2015).
Awards: Best performance, Aunt Frieda: The Museum, Acco Festival 2006; The Art and Culture Landau Award for Theatrical Excellence, 2008; Best Fringe Actress, Playwright and Performance, Between Calendars, 2009; Tel Aviv Rosenblum Award for Theatrical Excellence, 2012; Honorary Fellowship, The Open University of Israel, 2016.