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ORTO-Da Theatre Group was established in Israel at the initiative of Yinon Tzafrir, with Yifat Zandani Tzafrir & Avi Gibson Bar-El joining in 1996.

ORTO-Da won many international theatre prizes since then. The group’s purpose is to create and perform unique theatre events. The group focuses on studying and performing through the use of an original international language, based on the research of human and physical behavior.

The ORTO-Da name expresses the tension between the desires to save old ways of thinking and the ambition to create new ones. The first half of the word is cut from the orthodox, which expresses the cultural memory and roots. The second half of the word is cut from the word Dada, the cultural movement that explored new territories of art. Combining the two words together creates an artistic harmony.

In Hebrew, the word ‘ORTO-Da’ divides into two different words: Or means “Light” and Toda means “Thank You”.

Meet the Team
Yinon Tzafrir Artistic Director

Yinon founded ORTO-Da Theatre Group in 1996 as the first social theatre group in Israel, he is a
groundbreaking professional in his field and a social leader. Yinon works as director, artistic director of
festivals, acting tutor and performer.
Date of birth: 19 July 1968
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
Meaning of name: The name of the Messiah’s messenger in the Yom Kippur prayer: “Yinon and Eliya I send
thee”. As a verb, the meaning of the name is “Forever be remembered”
Eye colour: Blue
Marital status: Married to the dramaturge Yifat Tzafrir (see below), they have a daughter named Tohar
Yinon loves: Court jesters, writing songs, reading, bringing the dead back to life, surfing and eating fish
Yinon hates: Capitalist men, capitalist women, politicians and people who think they’re clever
Favourite colour: Blue
Blood type: O
Yinon believes: Human history is a film by a drunk director, a megalomaniac screenwriter and a photographer
with a chronic eye infection.

Yifat Tzafrir Playwright, Director and Dramaturge

Yifat co-founded ORTO-Da Theatre Group with Yinon. An exceptionally sharp thinker with an inner strength. In her writing, she creates an original language that is committed to a wise and exciting message.Yifat is a rare director and artist with a broad perception who is penetrating and all engaging.
Date of birth: 16 March 1970
Birthplace: Kiryat Gat, Israel
Meaning of name: The radiance of endless beauty and splendour, abundant magnificence and affability. When used as a verb, its meaning is to utter the sound of a sheep or a goat
Eye colour: Dark Brown
Marital status: Married and a mother to Tohar
Yifat loves: People and the peacefulness of the morning; she loves to clean up everyone’s mess, to dive deep into the soul with great tenderness; loves bold frankness and to drive wildly through the desert; original thinkers, finding beauty, long showers and fine wine
Yifat hates: Cooking, bureaucracy, doing the dishing and all household chores; she hates shouting, coldness and standoffish people, people who live in the past and those who patronise others, and especially coarse toilet paper
Favourite colour: Sleepy blue
Blood type: M&N

Gibson Bar-El Artistic Consultant, Director and Performer

A founding member of ORTO-Da Theatre Group and an exceptional life and acting tutor, Gibson is the
cornerstone of the group. A poet, a creator, a charismatic actor and a philosopher.
Date of birth: 17 February 1976
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
Meaning of name: Gibson was one of the first ever solid-centre electric guitars (as opposed to hollow body
guitars); famously played by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
Eye colour: Green
Marital status: Married to Yifat, they have a son named Dylan, after Dylan Thomas
Gibson loves: To give his all, to help others and to donate to every beggar he comes across, parties, playing music, rock music, pop music and coke music, a walking stick; a lover of ideology, justice, taxis, crazy adventure parks, mushrooms, white nights, cigarettes and everything alternative, hard work, rehearsal rooms, an actor-facilitator, cranes, airplanes, adrenaline, Ritalin; loves being gentle
Gibson hates: Eating meat, being pricked by a thistle and being buried in the ground; hates male clerks, prefers female clerks; hates flip-flops, meanness, sand and food that’s bland; hates people who are  constantly moaning instead of having fun; hates social injustice
Favourite colour: Soft black
Blood type: B&B
Gibson believes: In reformation of the human condition.

Daniel Zafrani Choreography & Co director

Choreography & Co director
Daniel started his training in 1985 at “Studio Magenia”, rue St Marc in Paris, and as he was a very gifted student, Daniel quickly began a professional career.
Daniel got an award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.
Daniel won a Golden Clown at the Clowns’ Festival in Syracuse.
Daniel has performed all over the world in places such as: Denmark, France, England and Belgium.
Cabarets in Baden-Baden, Paris, Milano.
Casino in Slovenia, Zurich and cruise lines in Costa cruise and MSC.
Daniel also appeared in several TV shows in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Chile, Denmark and Spain.
Daniel made some personal creations for big companies such as Pechiney, Alcatel and France Telecom.
Daniel is the creator of all the numbers he presents.

Micol Pietra Responsible for External Relations & Production

Micol is a producer in the arts sector.
Date of birth: 5 May 1985
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Meaning of name: A small stream; it is also the lead character in the film The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Vittorio De Sica, which tells of a garden of innocence
Eye colour: Green
Marital status: Free as a butterfly
Micol loves: Doing a headstand and dancing tango, playing capoeira, lemon pasta (a secret recipe), spontaneity, directness, skydiving, creativity and freedom
Micol hates: People who patronise and lack of authenticity
Favourite colour: Bottle green
Blood type: MMA
Micol believes: Man is like a good song, suddenly pops up in the world, thinks he’s a hit, runs from one brain to another with the sole purpose of being played on repeat.

Michael J Marks Michael J Marks – Actor

Date of birth: 12 December 1975
Birthplace: London, England
Meaning of name: Originates from the bible – Michael, father of Sethur (in Book of Numbers) and Michael, the
son of Baaseiah (Book of Chronicles); he is also one of the four angels mentioned in the Shema Yisrael
prayer: “In the name of God, God of Israel / By my right, is Michael and by my left, Gabriel / Before me, Uriel
and behind me, Raphael / And above my head, Shechinat El”
Eye colour: Brown
Marital status: Single
Mikey loves: Stories with added value, breakfasts, the desert, Prague; loves playing music and singing
Mikey hates: Reality shows, salty fish, the current Israeli government with all its ministers and, of course, Hezi Cohen
Favourite colour: Light blue
Blood type: A (I reckon…)
Mikey believes: “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” (Oscar Wilde).

Hila Spector Actress

Hila is an artist to her core. She acts, paints, films and directs. She is a video art and animation artist, and is
responsible for the short films that sum up ORTO-Da’s various international tours.
Date of birth: 29 January 1984
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel; born as one of quadruplets
Meaning of name: a ring of light that is formed around a holy man [halo]; a conjugation of Hila is a herb that is used in coffee and bolsters the liver [cardamon]
Eye colour: Light blue
Marital status: Single
Hila loves: Quality meat, observing, thinking, Argentina, photographing, massages, pamperings and the good  life, refined humour, post post post modern art, diving and fish watching, indie music and public transport
Hila hates: Negative numbers, blocked sinks, offices, normal people and old toothpastes, social networks and driving
Favourite colour: Yellow
Blood type: VH1
Hila believes: It does not matter through what glasses you see the world, it’s the frame of the glasses that is always the most exciting.

Motty Sabag Actor

Motty trained at a variety of acting school and in different methods. He does not shy away from hard work, and
is a loyal friend and a true gentleman. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD in Perseverance from ORTO-Da
Group.
Date of birth: 12 February 1978
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Meaning of name: A biblical character in the Bible, and one of the main heroes of the Book of Esther, who
saved the Jews from extermination; in addition, it is also a solid, long pole
Eye colour: Green
Marital status: A sought-after bachelor

Nimrod Ronen Actor

Nimrod trained at the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, is a Virgo and has played many roles. He does street acting,
teaches theatre, works with autistic children and dreams of becoming a doctor.
Date of birth: 8 September 1986
Birthplace: Kibbutz Kramim, Israel
Meaning of name: A biblical figure that is mentioned at the Book of Genesis as the son of Cush. As a verb, it means “we shall rebel” Eye colour: Brown
Marital status: Single
Nimrod loves: Dancing till dawn, traveling the world, diving in the sea, raising cats and plants, reading books
and writing songs
Nimrod hates: Seeded tomatoes, oppression, occupation, lies, road accidents
Favourite colour: Purple
Blood type: Hot
Nimrod believes: Human abnormality and disability is a sexy and beautiful thing.

Yaniv Moyal Actor
Yuval Stunis Actor
Noa Har-Zion Actress
Itamar Sharon Actor