Yael Rasooly is a visual theater director, actress, singer and puppeteer. Born in Jerusalem in 1983, she trained as a classical singer and studied theater design in London. Her distinct theatrical language, which she began developing at School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, is based on a multidisciplinary approach, combining different forms of theater, puppetry, visual art and music. Her theatrical shows include Paper Cut, winner of the Excellence Award at the New York International Fringe Festival, the House by the Lake, a musical cabaret for actresses, dolls and objects depicting three sisters in hiding during WWII and Bon Voyage, based on the stories and in collaboration with acclaimed author Etgar Keret.
Accordionist, Iliya Magalnyk, is a composer and arranger who immigrated to Israel from Moldova and quickly became a leading musician on the scene. For the past three decades he has been performing with many of the leading musicians in Israel, as well as renowned artists abroad. He is the founder of the “Magalnyk Klezmer Band,” an ensemble that has been performing for over 20 years, winning much acclaim in Israel and Europe. As accordionist, arranger and composer, Mr. Magalnyk has taken part in many plays for Israel’s leading theaters: Habima, the Cameri Theater, the Haifa Theater and the Han Theater. He is known and celebrated for his original compositions, bold adaptation of classic repertoire, and exceptional virtuosity of his playing. His range of styles includes many, from French chansons to Klezmer to jazz, making him a perfect pairing with Ms. Rasooly on “Glamour in the Dark.”