Michal Vaknin

performer, director, curator (b’ 1987). graduate at the University of Haifa, directing department. artistic director of Mekudeshet – a city-specific arts festival created by The Jerusalem Season of Culture. Founding member, collaborator and performer in Zvi Sahar’s Puppet Cinema theater group.

  • New Rituals

    four highly immersive artworks created by artists from different disciplines that allow audiences to take part in a new, made-up rituals, 2017

  • Confessions

    a performance piece inviting the audience to take part in a reading of “the big confessions archive” collected from the different “tribes” of Jerusalem (in collaboration with Dafna Kron), 2016

  • Knock Knock

    A mini festival of intimate performance pieces in hotel rooms (in collaboration with Dafna Kron), 2014-2015

  • The Opposite of Alive

    An audio walk for a single audience member in the Jerusalem’s Nature Museum. (in collaboration with Ilanit Ben Ya'acov and Produced by Hazira, 2012

  • Gulliver

    performer, Zvi Sahar's production, Hazira, 2017.

  • Salt of the Earth

    performer in Zvi Sahar's production. premiered at BAM’s Next Wave Festival NYC and performed in festival around the world including Net Festival Moscow, produced by Hazira, 2014.

  • Planet Egg

    performer, Co - creator in Zvi Sahar's production. Developed in St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet lab NYC and performed in festivals around the world including Hawaii and Washington fringe festivals, Hong Kong arts festival and Taiwan International Festival of Arts, 2010-2019.

  • I Think This is the Closest to how the Footage Looked

    Co-creator of Yuval Hameiri’s short film - Screened in over 30 festivals around the world including: Sundance (Winner of Short Film Special Jury Award2014), Cannes, San Sebastián, Hot Docs Canada, and featured in The New York Times OP-DOCS.

  • Ebisu

    Assistant director to Dr. Ati Citron in Ebisu, a theatre group investigating sign language as a part of the multi-disciplinary research project "Grammar of the Body", supported by the European Research Council and run by Dr. Wendy Sandlerin Haifa University, 2014-2018.

  • This is not About Ebisu

    The group’s first piece, performed in Israel and toured at State University of New York, Stony Brook, PTW International Conference NYC, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, and Clin d'Oeil -The international festival for Deaf Culture in Reims, France.

  • The House by the Lake

    Actress and Assistant director in Yael Rasooly and Ya’ara Goldring’s production. Premiered in Acco festival, produced by hazira, 2010.

  • Dum Dum Baby

    Created and performed in the production of Puppet theatre for grownups and naughty children- The International Festivals of Puppet Theater of Jerusalem and Holon, RS&PS International Conference Honoring Richard Schechner Haifa, Tmuna Theatre Tel Aviv 2010-2013.