In-House Festival 

Between 2011-2015 I was the Artistic Director of In House Festival, in the Jerusalem Season of Culture (Non Profit organization) The Festival spread over 3-5 days during the summer, producing original works as well as hosting both israeli and International performances, made by established artists and theatre makers. The festival held variety of events composed in locations such as private houses, institutions or public spaces in the city that address the notion of politically charged term- home. The framework of the festival questions the relations between – artists, spectators and space. The experience of intimacy in the art events was designed as a material, the Social event, the ‘Artistic Hosting’, hence the experiences shared in the space become a craft in itself. Performances during the festival happened simultaneously throughout the city, as the participator moves between different houses and events, they create a geographical, emotional and artistic map.

A performance for one person, torch and headphones.  
Created by: Michal Vaknin and Ilanit ben Ya’acov /Artistic Director and Dramaturg: Dafna Kron
Performance by: Alit Kreiz/ Ilanit ben Ya’acov/  Michal Vaknin / Sound Design:  Binya Reches / Lighting Design: Shavit Yaron / Site Design: Gal Grofit 

The Opposite of Alive is a nocturnal, intimate experience set in the time-frozen landscapes of Jerusalem’s Nature Museum. It is a site-specific performance, for a single spectator at a time, inviting each audience member to encounter their living self, through the once living exhibits around them, mediated by the the voice of a part absent, part present tour guide. The piece premiered in the Jerusalem Season of Culture in 2012 and has since been running regularly under the auspices of Hazira Performance Arts Arena, in The Jerusalem Nature Museum.



“What a spell”
Tobias Asmuth, Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper , Berlin 2013

Created by: Guy Königstein, and grandmother Ruth Scheuer
Artistic Director: Dafna Kron

Artist Guy Königstein invites his grandmother to create together. In an intimate environment, at her home, grandmother Ruth Scheuer tells her life-story. While cooking traditional Czech apricot-dumplings, which we will later share with the audience. They talk about her rich personal experiences, sketching in vivid colours a typical local history. 
The only device – a cooking timer – allows  seven minutes for every decade of her 88 years-long story. Backwards we go in time, excavating forgotten moments in the different periods of life and reinvention. And when the bell rings, time is simply over; leaving the untold to the imagination, to a later moment that might come, or might not. 

Blind (2013)
A theatrical journey in The Jerusalem School for the Blind. 
Created by: Naama Schandar. Artistic Director and Dramaturg: Dafna Kron/ Sound: Daniel Meir/ Light: Adi Shimroni /With: Efi Cohen, David Cohen, Pini Alon, Dina Samata, Sarit Fisch, Aviv Leibovitz, Shiraz Moshe and Armand Bar-El/ 

The piece consisted of four simultaneous guided tours lead by eight visually impaired participants- current and former students of the facility. Each tour was tailored according to its guide's memories and experiences, through which fragments of the institute’s history were revealed, together with long forgotten student and staff. 

Plot 50 (2013)
Created by: Anat Eisenberg. Co creator: Mirko Winkel
Artistic Director: Dafna Kron

A tour to the luxurious  building in Jerusalem, the highest residential building for sale in the city. The audience are invited to face a real-estate investment from the buyers perspective; they join tours to the building that are guided by professional salesmen, in front of which they posed as a group of wealthy potential buyers. Each performance the artist meet with an audience of 15 people in a gallery near the building, the audiences are asked to pretend that they are able to afford and are seriously interested to purchase a 14 million shekel apartment, while the artist take on the role of their agents. The work treated the sale experience as a performative exchange, playing with the  thin line between role playing and real estate.

And Especially this Park (2013) . Part A. 
Sound, bench and Landscape
Created By Naomi Yoeli/ Music: Yossi Mar-Hayim / Artistic Director: Dafna Kron

“I don’t have a home in Jerusalem. I sold it off as quickly as I could,
almost as if I was trying to get rid of it after my parents died.
 What I do have is a bench and some memories.”
Sitting on the seam line that divides east and west Jerusalem is a bench that overlooks the walls of the Old City, Dormition Abbey and the Mount of Olives . Armed with binoculars and headphones, spectators were invited to hear Yoeli’s voice, while overlooking the landscape as a it reveals itself slowly.

And Especially this Park (2013). Part B.
Created By Naomi Yoeli. Artistic Director: Dafna Kron

A nighttime whispering tour for ten audience members, who take a microcosmic look at the ghosts of the 50's and 60's, while sniking with the artist to her childhood yard. The tour brings together  a topographical mapping of her wonderfully sweet memories with the physical reality of the site today. Mapping the voices, gestures and relationships of the community that used to live there with their version of an inner-city ghetto in the center of Jerusalem.

The Hearing
Director: Renana Raz
Participants: Amitay Yaish Ben Ouzillio, Ofer Amram, Naomi Fromovitch, Renana Raz. 
Curator: Dafna Kron

In a room with white walls and a conference table, behind closed doors, four characters come together. they have all been ‘stars’ in the drama that unsettled the Israeli public in 2014; When Adam Verete, a High school teacher for Jewish studies, was called to a hearing prior to dismissal because of a letter sent by his student to the Minister of Education. In that letter, she claimed he was expressing “opinions of extreme left wing” and “was going against the state” in class.
In “The Hearing” you will listen to that exact hearing in a different new way. Four actors will speak out all that has been said in that room. However, they will not act it. While wearing headphones, the actors will hear the original recording of the hearing and will repeat the words without pause, in an action demanding concentration and does not allow preparation. The hearing of the text in a new way - in new voices and in different variations - disassociates the text from automatic context, from prejudice, exposes its many layers and produces a pure moment of new active hearing

Sound Art Walk In Lifta - An abandoned Palestinian Village
A collaborative production between the In-House Festival and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Creators and Writers: Hila Zaksenberg, Hadar Porat, Shabtai Pinchevsky. Artistic Director and Dramaturg: Dafna Kron. Soundtrack Designer: Daniel Meir and Giori Politi , Producer: Lia Lerer

 Among the Palestinian villages inside the Green Line, Lifta is the only one that has remained intact and retained its unblemished rural landscape. The village has become one of the symbols of the ‘Nakba’ (the Palestinian catastrophe- the declaration of the  Israeli independence). 
The Sound piece-  HaKol Galui invites the participant to wander through Lifta’s paths and alleyways and to slowly absorb the voices from the village and go through a personal and multi-dimensional process of revelation.  The audio work utilized the audience’s mobile phones and turned them into a unique version of a stethoscope-When placing your phone on a rock, a windowsill or a fig tree you could listen to multiple stories of Lifta.