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The Rain Bird – A Paper Tale

חומר הכנה
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Photo by Tal Kastan
Photo by Dor Kedmi
Photo by Tal Kastan
Photo by Dor Kedmi

“...In an evergreen forest lived the most beautiful bird in the world – the Rain Bird. People came and settled there; they sang and danced in honor of the bird, but...”

What happens when a little village becomes a big city? When the song and the story of the bird are forgotten? And what happens when a child believes that there is still a place for the Rain Bird.

In a unique theatrical language, combining traditional Origami with the art of story-telling, the artist instills life into the paper, and the folded heroes realize the dramatic plot.


  • The Best Idea Award, 13th International Puppet Theater Festival, Sarajevo, 2012
  • Lighting Design of the Year Award, Children and Youth Theater Competition, 2006
  • Award for Excellence and Ingenuity, Ţăndărică International Puppet Theater Festival, Romania, 2010

From the reviews

I have never seen a show like this before, totally unique ... The actress spreads out a city made entirely of origami paper and builds the houses while the children are watching.Avishag Rabiner, Keshet Channel 2 TV morning program

The play incorporates origami – paper folding – into the plot.  The paper is transformed into a bird and other characters and comes to life. Highly recommended.
Ashi Weinstein, Ma'ariv for Children

Participation in festivals

  • Festival of Wonder, Silkeborg International Puppetfestival, Denmark 2019
  • Iida Puppetry Festival, Nagano, Japan 2016
  • International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem
  • International Festival of Puppet Theater and Film, Holon
  • The Magic of Fairy Tales Festival, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv
  • Children Lutfest, Sarajevo 2012
  • Maribor Puppet Theater Festival, Slovenia 2012
  • The 9th Ishara International Festival of Puppet Theater, 2011
  • Golem Theater Jewish Kids’ Theater Festival Budapest, Hungary, 2010
  • ŢĂNDĂRICĂ International Puppet Theater Festival, Romania, 2010
  • Winner of special prize for creativity and uniqueness 
  • Kilkis Festival, Nicosia, 2009
  • The Puppet Festival in Chuncheon, South-Korea, 2007
  • The World Puppet Theater Festival in Charleville-Mezieres, France 2006
  • Paper Theater Festival, France 2006
  • Puppet Theater Festival, Poland, 2006
מופעים קרובים

Concept, design, performance, and manipulation:
Galia Levy-Grad
Adaptation and direction:
Naomi Yoeli
Original music: Ittai Rosenbaum
Lighting design: Dov Mielnik
Costume design: Noa Vidman
Construction: Yuri Suchanov