ID Festival: We love Israel
A radio-play podcast on the German love for Israel (and Israelis). Yet who are "we", and what kind of love is that? How is this love perceived, even instrumentalized? What about the Palestinian protagonists of the Israeli reality? Two Israelis on behalf of SWR2 intent to approach these questions: be it through interviews in Berlin, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, or through fictional characters, who are in the position to say everything that is not allowed to be uttered in the German-Israeli context. From gay German tourists to frustrated Jewish-Yemenite cooking teachers in Berlin - selected episodes are presented and accompanied by a conversation with Ofer Waldman and contributor Tobias Herzberg, artistic director of Gorki STUDIO Я. You can find the festival ticket here: http://bit.ly/IDFestival2018 Tobias Herzberg, born in 1986, studied directing at the Drama Academies in Hamburg and Zurich. He has supervised several youth projects at Schauspielhaus Hamburg, among others, and has worked as an assistant director for Jürgen Gosch, Karin Henkel and René Pollesch. His graduation piece "Life Is A Dream" by Calderón was invited to the 2014 edition of young director'’ festival Körber Studio at Hamburg's Thalia Theatre. His solo performance "FEYGELE" - developed for the "Desintegrationskongress" - has been staged at the Studio Я of the Maxim Gorki Theatre since May 2016. In 2017, he staged the Swiss premiere "Muttermale Fenster blau" by Sasha Marianna Salzmanns Schauspielhaus Zürich and curated the Queer Weekend "Pugs in Love" at the Maxim Gorki Theatre. At the start of the 2017/18 season, Tobias Herzberg became the artistic director of Studio Я. Born 1979 in Jerusalem, Ofer Waldman moved to Berlin in 1999 as a member of the "West-Eastern Divan Orchestra" of Eduard Said and Daniel Barenboim. In 2006, he received his musician's diploma as a French Horn player from the University of the Arts in Berlin. Subsequently, he played with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Bavarian State Theater in Nuremberg, the New Israeli Opera and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to Israel in 2009, Waldman received his M.A. cum laude in German Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since returning to Berlin in 2014, he is a DAAD fellow and Ph.D. candidate of the Cotutelle-Program of the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the Free University of Berlin, writing in the field of German literature history. Since 2015, Waldman works as a freelance author for the public radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur, composing political feuilletons, articles and features. Since late 2016, he serves voluntarily as Chair of the New Israel Fund Germany.