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The Community Living Services Theater Group

The Theater Group, established in 2004 in collaboration with the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, numbers 14 actors with intellectual developmental disabilities who live in Israel Elwyn’s community living services.

Theater group actors have knowledge and experience in stage arts, acting and dancing, and in the course of their work come in contact with professional entertainers and moderators practiced in the sphere of stage arts.

The group meets and performs at the Israel Museum where they view and experience art from different periods, modern and past, and subsequently responding to what they have seen in a unique, non-conventional, brutally honest manner. Participants relate to and interpret works of art, creating a surprising and touching human manuscript that exposes viewers to the rich and exciting world of actors with intellectual disabilities.

The actors perform in the museum’s assorted galleries as well as in the theater hall, equipped with costumes, stage paraphernalia, scenery and professional lighting.

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Goals
  • To enable group participants to express themselves through acting, dancing and song; to create plays and artistic presentations and to perform and display them in front of an audience.
  • To contribute to the personal and emotional development of the actors and actresses, on the one hand, while on the other hand reaching out to touch people’s hearts and rouse them to accept individuals who may be different.
About the Plays

I Am Inspired: This play tells the story of a group of actors and dancers with intellectual disabilities by presenting their thoughts, desires and dreams about themselves, about us and about others. An authentic meeting of moments of truth translated into the language of theater.

To Love Without Limits: Animation, art and speech accompany what is expressed on the stage through words and movement. A form of a “silent movie” about love and the desire to form a relationship and build family, aspects of life they often lack. The actors express their dream to get married, if for no other reason than to take advantage of the opportunity to wear wedding clothes, to be happy and to have a family. The play concludes with a huge wedding party, including refreshments and dancing with the audience, creating a spontaneous, informal interaction between actors and audience.

Partners

The Israel Museum and Rina Padua, representing “Knafa’im,” a group founded by Rina to provide a stage for actors with disabilities.

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