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Israeli-created show for Festival of Light headed to Straz

A trio of drummers providing the percussion in the Mayumana show A trio of drummers providing the percussion in the Mayumana show A dazzling show of lights and percussion created in Israel and known as known as Mayumana: Currents, will be performed on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

The Currents show was originally produced for the 2012 Festival of Light show in Jerusalem and is a variation of the original Mayumana show created in 1996 by Eylon Nuphar and Boaz Berman, two Israelis with a love for percussion and music.

Berman and Nuphar gathered a small group of gifted performers from around the world, each with diverse talents and backgrounds. Sparked by their shared passion for rhythm and coordination and driven by their unique sense of humor and mischief, their group dynamic on stage was inexhaustible and infectious. Enriched by working with a multicultural cast, they all inspired each other to fulfill the individual’s prowess in his/her area of expertise, while developing in all players the versatility to master other skills. This befits the name Mayumana, which comes from the Hebrew word for skill - Meyumanut.

The Currents version of Mayumana is inspired by the long ago clash between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla who engaged in what was known as the War of the Currents – the battle between the two inventors to claim supremacy in electric power. This clash fuels the high-voltage mixed-media performance that will play at the Straz. The show combines a variety of elements: specially-made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and 11 skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds.

Mayumana’s playfulness extends beyond the stage, reaching out to engage in direct interactions with its audiences of all ages and cultures.

Tickets range from $39 - $75 and may be purchased by calling (813) 229-STAR (7827), in person at the Straz Center ticket office or online at

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