Shades of Dance competition, founded in 1984, celebrated its 2013 edition. Six
young choreographers were chosen to present their work over two programs, under
artistic direction of Idit Herman who fortunately did most of the weeding prior
to the presentations.
The work that impressed most with its maturity,
carefully chosen accompanying texts, well layered issues and solid structure was
Heavy Weight Fragments of Separation by Smadar Goshen. Inspired by Yoel
Hoffmann’s book Moods, Goshen framed the theatrical piece with witty, somewhat
sarcastic texts, pertaining to heartbreaks at emotional crossroads from
childhood to death.
Her vital, humorous outlook on life was enriched by
free spirited moves. A lot of unexpected attention and information was woven
into the textural set and outfits, enhancing its esthetics.
creation The Pollyannas, was perhaps the most complete and polished piece,
danced to perfection by five female dancers, each portraying a female
It had the right pace, right moves and the right groove.
Dressed to kill in black and white, the fast paced piece showed terrific sense
of space, imagination and flair.
Adi Paz managed to handle all stage
elements with the same degree of attention as she invested in the physical
The third piece which drew a lot of attention was by the
talented Merav Dagan: I See Them Approach. She took the heavy task of dealing
with the extremely sensitive issues of death rituals, in particular, of soldiers
killed in action. Stirring personal and national points of view, Dagan, crossed
lines between sexuality, fantasy and bare pains.
Fortunately, lack of
focus and careful editing, didn’t blur her bright potential.
three works by male choreographers didn’t do so well, mostly for lack of clarity
and specific direction. Good intentions and valuable themes were just not
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