Batya M. | Ha’Chazara HaBayta (The Journey Back Home)

A Tellenovella at Sala-Manca House

Batya M‘- Ha’Chazara Habayta (or the story of Batya M., 6 years later) is the final (and only) episode of a Tellenovella filmed by, and starring, the Sala-Manca Group in Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. The screening of the only episode will take places in the Tellenovella’s stars’ own home, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Musrara, so that the viewing experience turns into an active experience which includes performance activities as well as a meal, as with a wink the stars and audience are transformed into participants in an unaired reality show.

Batya M.‘ Ha’Chazara Habayta is a sequel to “The Story of Batya M.”, which was produced as part of the Festival of Theatre in Bat Yam in 2007, and which went on to much success.

In this new project the Telenovella returns to its historical heroes (Marcella the Designer, Gabriella M. the Social Worker, Dr. Pablo Corraddo the Psychiatrist, Batya M. the girl and Dr. Alonzo), after six years ,and are joined by Juho, the new baby. The Tellenovella’s story line moves between the characters’ melodramatic lives and the lives of the actors who portray them (members of the Sala-Manca family and their friends). The project, which revolves around the projection on a TV screen in the home living room, addresses crossing from one genre (the Tellenovella) to another (the Autobiographical Documentary), and from the Theatre Hall to the private space (the artists’ home).

The event shifts between a selective event where one can meet the dreamy stars of an Argentinian Tellenovella, and a shared evening with the artists themselves, in an event in which reality penetrates into fantasy.

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About the Sala-Manca Group

The Sala-Manca group has been operating in Jerusalem since 2000. The group is active in the performance and visual art disciplines, and has performed on major stages in Israel and abroad (among others: Tate Modern in London, Eyebeam in New York, the Avizdovsky Castle in Warsaw, Blackbox in Belfast, PFA in Berkely, the Center for Modern Art, the Center for Digital Art in Holon). Over the years Sala-Manca have developed projects that have become landmarks of independent art in the city and country within contemporary art: the Heara contemporary events, which were held without any outside financial support and marked the renewal of the city’s art scene, the experimental video and film competition at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Maamuta Art and Media Center, which these days operates out of the Hansen Home. Aside from these the group has created several other platforms and projects which have received national and international acclaim. Since its establishment, the Sala-Manca Group has maintained a close dialogue and partnership with HaZira Performance Arts Arena.

Written, Directed and Performed by: The Sala-Manca Group

With: Lea Mauas, Diego Rotman, Ashu and Navel Rotman Mauas, Dina Beli, Liora Simkovitch, Andreas Simkovitch, Niko Simkovitch, Samuel Rotman, Zehavit Stern, Riki Ophir, Gabriel, Liron.

Music by: Yarden Erez

Location: The play is showing at the artists’ home in the Musrara neighborhood. The exact address will given upon purchase of the tickets.