The show will be conducted by master Drama Therapist, Shlomit Mandel and all dances will be led by Malka Hadjbi of the Inbal Dance Group. The entire event is a cooperation between the Kerem Center and the Tel Aviv City Hall.
The show came about as a result of a Drama Therapy group run by Shlomit Mandel at the Kerem Center. In the beginning, according to Ms. Mandel, there was a lot of uncertainty among the participants. Comprised mostly of women (although there was one elderly gentleman who came) the group was not used to opening up and sharing their innermost feelings. These are elderly people used to keeping their secrets to themselves. These are people used to abandonment and being invisible to their families and to society.
Thus, the plan was to provide these forgotten people with a place once a week where Ms. Mandel could give them something light, cheerful and happy. A safe place where they could talk about whatever they liked…memories both beautiful and difficult, pain, sadness, loss, love and marriage, children…sex.
“I was told that in the beginning, I should be ready for a lot of them to come to the group out of curiosity…but I should be ready for the majority to drop out. Amazingly, even after months of holding these drama therapy groups I still have at least twenty participants every Tuesday.” Said Shlomit.
In each session, a place is given to laughter, imagination and songs, as well as to anger, sadness, and tears.
“Something I find really moving,” continued Ms. Mandel, “is the fact that there was this real connection that was created between me, this light haired Ashkenazi woman and these mothers and grandmothers in the group who are mostly from Yemen, Iraq and Morocco.”
“This group was the reason I got out of bed this morning” said one elderly woman. Another said “I came to the group sad. I didn’t feel good. Now, I feel some relief, some happiness.” The only man in the group told Ms. Mandel, “There’s no one like you in the whole world…you remember us.”
Ms. Mandel notes that these warm words, the cooperation and the willingness to experience new things even when these people are well past their prime and are mostly alone, allows them to experience belonging, importance and empowerment.
Now that the International Women’s Day is here, most people imagine a competent woman in her mid-thirties at the height of her career. The Feminine Empowerment of The Matriarch show puts the emphasis on elderly women who have already been in the shoes of today’s young women and who still have so much left to offer.
This event is in their honor.
To learn more about the upcoming “Feminine Empowerment of the Matriarch” show, or to learn more about Shlomit Mandel and the DramaWay, or to request an interview, please E-mail Ms. Mandel at email@example.com or call 052-328-3824
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Shlomit Mandel is a DramaTherapist with a Masters in Drama Therapy from Haifa University. She has conducted DramaTherapy events and workshops for the Tel Aviv City Police and many others. She is a native of Haifa, Israel and currently resides in Tel Aviv.