“Core”: A walk and dance in the Bell Cave in Beit Guvrin-Marsha National Park

A video art exhibition by the dance group “Vertigo”, created especially for the caves of Beit Guvrin, where the work “Liba” beats, from August 5

“Core”, vertigo at a video art exhibition at the Bell Cave in Beit Guvrin National Park. Photo by Pazuelo Generation

The Vertigo dance troupe will present “Core– A video art exhibition created especially for the unusual spaces of the Bell Cave, in the Beit Guvrin-Marsha National Park, hewn by the ancient inhabitants of the area. The exhibition and the site where it will be displayed, connect to the movement of Noa Wertheim, The band’s choreographer and artistic director, deeply connected to nature and the environment. Curator of the exhibition: Dorit Telpaz.

The connection between the cave and the movement creates a new work that is woven into the viewer’s movement immediately upon entering the exhibition: a multi-dimensional dance creation that surrounds it on all sides, using huge projections on the hidden walls and corners and which moves the cave boundaries “Core”, created from the works of Noa Wertheim for the dance troupe Vertigo, and woven into poetic video art works, dancing in the seam line between the wind and the material – the body of the dancers projected on the cave walls.

The video art works were created by the photographer Elad Debbie And the editor Harvest wave And it includes excerpts from the band’s work throughout the years, including: “Orchard”, “Purple”, “Sea”, and “Birth of the Phoenix”.

“Core”, vertigo at a video art exhibition in the Bell Cave in Beit Guvrin National Park. Photo by Pazuelo Generation

Beit Guvrin-Marsha National Park – World Heritage Site

Beit Guvrin-Marsha National Park is the heart of the “Land of a Thousand Caves”. The garden displays an ancient architectural marvel – countless spaces, natural caves and man-made caves designed for a wide range of uses, from pigeon breeding, through storage and residence to burial. In 1989 the area was declared a national park in order to preserve the impressive remains of the city of Marsha and the preservation of the natural forest. Thanks to its rich heritage and numerous caves, the National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

As defined at the time of the 2014 declaration – “the site has exceptional international value in terms of cultural, human and environmental values ​​for the preservation of the benefit of all mankind.” The inclusion of ‘garden national Home GubrinMarsha Caves on the world’s prestigious list of selected and most important sites in the world positions Israel as a bridge between ancient cultures and as an important focus for the preservation of world heritage, while connecting the past to the present. The route of visiting the site has long been an extraordinary experience and a glimpse into the wonders of nature, landscape and human heritage throughout the periods.

“Core”, vertigo at a video art exhibition in the Bell Cave in Beit Guvrin National Park. Photo by Pazuelo Generation

Photo 4 = Core, ”Vertigo at a video art exhibition at the Bell Cave in Beit Guvrin National Park. Photo by Pazuelo Generation

The gallery in the Bell Cave

Already in ancient times, the inhabitants of the lowlands identified the characteristics of the rock around them. The caves were named the bell caves thanks to their shape which is a product of the quarrying method. The quarrymen made a small opening in the hard upper layer when they reached the soft stratum, carving it extensively using iron chisels that left the oblique quarrying marks visible in the cave walls. The quarrying material was used for construction and the remaining huge spaces were used mainly for storage but also for workshops and plastered water cisterns.

In August 2020, the southern bell cave complex became an extraordinary outdoor display space featuring video art and sculpture works. The trail was trained and arranged for visitors to enter after many years of no entry to the caves, the trail was illuminated with focused lighting, intensity and color that prevent light pollution and harm to the natural environment. The exhibition “Human Forms” was the first to be hosted at the Bell Cave and received extensive international coverage and inspired further exhibitions in the future. The contemporary art in the material blends naturally with the products of the quarry art and presents a joint creation of man past and present.

“Core” – Beit Guvrin National Park, the Bell Cave complex

When: As of Thursday 5.8.21

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in August.

Hours: 18:30 – 22:00, last entry to the exhibition at 21:00.

The exhibition will be shown at additional dates until October 2021 to be announced later. The walk in the dark will only be possible at the Bell Caves complex. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge in addition to the site entrance fee. Free for cache subscribers. You must register in advance in the reservation system, on the website of the Nature and Parks Authority. Please note, registration is from 18:30 – 21:00.

Registration for the exhibition will open on July 25 on the website: www.parks.org.il/new/liba Or at the 3639 hotline *

Target audience: families alongside artists and art lovers.

Link to a video from “Orchard” that will be screened in the heart of the cave. Courtesy of Vertigo: bit.ly/36wkTvm

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