As an immigrant, one is confronted with questions of identity - as a woman, as an Israeli and a Jew building a life and family in a Austria with its complex past - the feeling of belonging and the meaning of roots – abstract or in the physical reality. Those questions, and sometimes inner conflicts affect the way I approach art and creativity and challenged me and helped me to shape my artistic language as a choreographer. 

 

Choreography for me is a form of telling human stories, through body and movement, being an archive for our stories – as individuals and society. The questions of identity and the shifting of its definitions in different contexts, pushed me to look for ways to bridge and connect different human stories that are not necessarily directly connected to one another, and thus create an associative reflection on meaning of being human, through broken mirrors. 

I am interested in developing my choreographic methods to understand refine this approach of using the body of a dancer and the communal body of our society as an archive, to tap into it and create new ways to reflect on who we are, how we are in relation to where we came from and where we live. 

I believe the moment of performance is a magical sphere, where the performance/performers and the audience are invited to interact, each injecting into this invisible bubble their own stories, point of view, thoughts and feelings. This interaction is unique and leaves both parties somewhat different than the way they came into this interaction. The physical performance through the abstract language of dance and movement, allows such invisible interaction on a deeper level. It does not leave us only to analyze things with our intellectual mind, but there is another layer of communication through the communal body we share, with our intertwined stories as humans.

This approach pushed me to explore performative art in open space, because I wish to create this bubble of interaction, not only in the “safe space” of the theater, but also in “real life” situation, in public space. Then we invite, the flow of the outside world to be a player in this interaction, and thus we can deepen our understanding of how we relate to the place we live in.

 


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photo: Helmut-Prochart