Jerusalem, Lithuania, Wine and Pita: an international evening with refreshments and wine

 

Supported by the Lithuanian Embassy

 

'Measure me' by Dana Hafouta

Many times, as an artist and as a human being, I feel that I am judged by standards far from me, not being observed as an individual.

External judgment is mixed with internal judgment and confuses standards. Quantification and measurement became the soundtrack of my life.

I was tired of proving, tired of showing. This is a tribute to myself, and to outside and inside measurements.

 

BodyMontage

Live Performance , 8' (2016)

Choreography and Performance: Yoanna Blikman

Videos in the computer: Directed by Yoanna Blikman

Filmed by Yoanna Blikman and Dan Robert Lahiani

Edited by Yoanna Blikman

Bodymontage is a performance in which a dancer interacts with her computer.

The screen shows videos of Yoanna herself and photos of her mother and grandmother.

The resemblance between the three women and the live movement of Yoanna transform the all thing into a strange moving sculpture half digital half organic. Sometimes, Yoanna turns to be a picture herself. When her body travels from one still photography to another, it creates the illusion of a movement, in a very cinematic way.

 

A segment from Black label by Ofra Idel

Iskias is an outstanding Ethiopian dancer, formerly with Batsheva Ensemble with an unusual personal biography. Through his story as an immigrant, we experience the reality of present day in Israel and worldwide.

Black label is a work that combines theater, dance, music thought humor and drama and invites the viewer to partake in an uncommon experience to observe his \her own life through another person’s body.

 

Performer and Co creator: Tzvika Iskias

Artistic Advice: Ruby Edelman Rehearsal Manager: Lilach Orenstein

Music: Yaniv Shenfeld Costume design: Dalit Inbar

length of performance: 50 minutes

Teaser

The performance was produced by Machol Shalem Dance House.

Premiered in Jerusalem 2017 and was showcased in Dock 11, Berlin and has been invited to Derrida dance center Bulgaria in 2017.

 

Break: wine and Israeli refreshments.

 

FEEL - LINK  street dance performance

IDEA, CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE Laurynas Žakevičius and Airida Gudaitė**

SET DESIGN by Renata Valčik | LIGHTING DESIGN Eugenijus Sabaliauskas, Povilas Laurinaitis

Urban Dance Theatre Low Air and Arts Printing House | Duration 40’

Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevičius represent a new generation of Lithuanian dancers and choreographers. ”Feel-Link” explores their relationship as a couple as they use gritty free urban dance to express their emotions towards each other.

”Feel-Link” was the first urban/hip-hop dance production in Lithuania and on its debut was nominated for the prestigious Lithuanian Golden Stage Cross theatre awards (for Best Debut of the Year) and they were awarded that competition’s Best Choreographers the following year.

”Feel-Link” features an evocative electronica soundtrack that ultimately gives way to the passion and sophisticated rawness of Nina Simone’s Feelings as the dancers engage in a seemingly endless cycle of repressed feelings that ultimately come to an astonishing conclusion.

* Reviews:

There’s an authenticity to the work dancers Airida Gudaitė and Laurynas Žakevičius produce on stage, that few other performers could hope to replicate. Three stars ***

[The Scotsman, KELLY APTER, August 16, 2016]

The stage is bare – they truly don’t need anything other than their limber bodies, their creative approach to street dance (now gaining ground in Lithuania) and the loving intuition that exists between them. Four stars ****

[The Herald, Mary Brennan, August 17 , 2016]

Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to watch nicely trained, alive and athletic dancers’ bodies – because it’s pretty, conflict-less hip-hop ballet. [Dita Eglīte, May 14, 2012; journal dance.lv]

Street dance performance captivated with the perfect combination of bodies. [Dovilė Žilionytė 7, May 2012, Delfi.lt]

This motion conversation actually takes place subtly and poetically, avoiding the straightforward in to the conflict or the development, extreme postures become the strongest emotional aftertaste. [Monika Jarulytė, kulturpolis.lt 29, August 2012]

** The performance nominated for he prestigious Lithuanian Golden Stage Cross theatre awards (for Best Debut of the Year 2011)

*** Premiered in 2011 at the program Open space’11 for young artists, Arts Printing House | “Feel-link” presented in Sweden (Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival), France (International 10 cities tour, 2016), United Kingdom (International Fringe festival, 2016), Germany (International Tanzmesse NRW, 2013), Ukraine (Gogolfest, 2016), Belarus (Iinternational festival of Modern Choreography, 2013, 2014), Latvia, U.S.A (Los Angeles, 2013).