Year of the Monkey

Earlier this month, China celebrated the passing of the Year of the Sheep into the Year of the Monkey.

The ninth of the 12 zodiac signs, the Year of the Monkey is a tricky one, said to bring misfortune to those born in its cycles. In the Chinese calendar, every year has a Zodiac sign that corresponds to one of the five natural elements, creating a pattern that repeats itself every 60 years. So this year’s monkey is not just any monkey, it’s a fire monkey.

To celebrate, or perhaps ward off, the mischievous spirits that are afoot this year, the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv has put together a two-part program. The annual Spring Chinese Dance festivities will include performances by Shaolin monks from the Henan Province, as well as the Israeli premiere of Sumeru by the Guangdong Modern Dance Company.


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