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(photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
Out of the six months Efrat Rubin spent creating Relative, she spent about half
convinced she was choreographing a piece about dreams.
premier this weekend as part of the annual Curtain Up Festival at the Suzanne
“I was interested in translating my dreams,” said Rubin in
a recent interview with The Jerusalem Post.
“I specifically wanted to
investigate dreams that I had had about flying. In periods of my life that were
not entirely positive, this sort of dream overwhelmed me.
beginning of the process, I worked a lot with falling because it was the closest
physical sensation I could achieve to flying.”
In the spring, Rubin
gathered together four dancers to embark on her creative journey with
They are twin sisters Michal and Noa Gimelshtein, Alon Karniel and
“I wanted to work with dancers who are close to one
another. Noa and Michal are family and Adi and Alon have been roommates for many
years. Those bonds were very interesting to me in the process,” Rubin
This will be Rubin’s first time at Curtain Up, a milestone for any
local choreographer. Over the past several years, Rubin has devoted herself to
pushing the boundaries of dance through collaborations with multidisciplinary
artists. She completed her studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in
Jerusalem before heading to Brussels where she studied dance and choreography at
Her work has been presented in dance and film festivals in
Israel and abroad. Together with Asenath (Osi) Wald, Rubin founded the Moving
Hold Group, which brings together animation, video and dance.
weekend, Rubin will be presented as part of Curtain 3, under the artistic
directorship of Ronit Ziv. The evening will consist of three works, Relative,
Deady by Gil Carlos Harush and Aquarium by Odelya Kuperberg.
past several months, Ziv has dropped in on Rubin during her rehearsals to see
how things were progressing. In the end, it was Ziv that allowed Rubin to
understand that her work was in fact not about dreams.
“I’ve been in a
constant dialogue with Ronit. One day, she asked me what my dreams were about.
Suddenly I realized that my dreams are almost always about family, whether it’s
my existing family or the family I wish to have. When I was single I used to
dream of the partner or the family that I wanted.
“But I also dream a lot
about my father and my brother. I understood that I wasn’t making a piece about
dreams, I was making a piece about family,” she explained.
of this piece coincided with Rubin’s transition into motherhood. “My son is 11
months old,” she said. “As a young mother, I am dealing with questions of
family: ‘What kind of mother am I? What kind do I want to be? What kind of
parents do we want to be?’” Once her topic was clear, Rubin began to visualize
the family in her piece. “I started with a family portrait I created with my
There are four characters, each with their own qualities and
traits, each with their own thoughts.
The twins are very similar but they
each want to find their way to shine alone. Alon is the father but he’s also
like a child who dreams of being a superhero.
“Adi is the mother
She is very volatile. She is always trying to be part of the
action but she ends up ruining things.”
To make her imaginary family more
real, Rubin asked her dancers to bring photos from the childhood to the studio.
They then recreated the situations in the photographs.
“I wanted to show,
using dance, the inner thoughts that don’t come out,” she said.
families get together a lot happens. All the things that we push away came up. A
lot of these things came up in the studio because I was working with a real
For the set, Rubin drew upon her background in design. “For me,
dance and design must always exist together. I used a bunch of props to enrich
One of them, feathers, was with us from the first days of
I guess that you could say that the feathers are the last
remnant of the dreams of flying that we started with.”
Curtain 3 will be
presented on November 16 and 22 at the Suzanne Dellal Center
(www.suzannedellal.org.il) and on November 26 at the Jerusalem Theater