Curtain Up 311.
(photo credit: Yaniv Cohen)
For 10 choreographers in Tel Aviv, the coming week will be very, very intense.
But the week before a big premiere is always a difficult one, full of costume
fittings, editing music until the wee hours and endless rehearsals. So this
week, the 10 artists set to unveil brand new pieces during the Curtain Up
Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Center shouldn’t plan on sleeping too much. The
annual festival will open this weekend, with three evenings of fresh
Initiated by the Culture and Sports Ministry 22 years ago, Curtain
Up is a landmark achievement in any emerging choreographer’s career. Two years
ago, to celebrate two decades of successful events, the festival updated its
operating system. From a single curator model, the festival opened its doors to
a number of artistic directors (then six leading Israeli choreographers), each
of whom was charged with putting together one program. Last year, four artists
carried the torch of Curtain Up’s new initiative.
This year, the festival
has been scaled down to three artistic directors: Ronit Ziv, Sahar Azimi and
Tamar Borer. These three dance makers each enjoyed one or more premieres within
the frameworks of the festival. Six months ago, they met with a long list of
local choreographers and eventually selected the artists they wanted to
Tamar Borer curated Curtain One. The evening features
three female choreographers – Maya Brinner, Iris Erez and Maya Weinberg. This is
Erez’s second year as a guest in Borer’s evenings. Last year she presented
Homesick, a trio for two men and a woman in which the dancers weave in and out
of each other’s clothing on an enormous roll of cardboard. This year, she will
unveil Shuttered, a dance for four. Joining the dancers on stage is
musician/performer Yaniv Minzer.
Brinner’s work, entitled Woods
, is a
solo. In this piece, Brinner broached her untamable desire in life.
is Weinberg’s first piece for Curtain Up. She has created a trio that explores
the notion of a dreamlike sensation in which movement, connection and awareness
of oneself are disconnected from the conceptual mind.
Overwhelmed by the
talent presented to him, Azimi decided to go with four artists as opposed to the
conventional three. His evening includes works by Doron Raz, Roy Assaf, Gili
Navot and Noa Zuk. Both Raz’s Valentina
and Assaf’s Six Years Later
… are duets.
Assaf’s deals with love, while Raz’s presents a unique window into the lives of two
women.Subject to Change
is a solo danced and created by the gentle and
lithe Navot. And in Zuk’s trio Speaker
, the dancers and the music are one. Zuk
employed a variety of tracks to create a sense of chaos that the dancers follow
with their bodies.
Ziv’s evening, Curtain Three, presents work by Hillel
Kogan, Rachel Erdos and Osnat Kelner. In Her Words
by Erdos takes place in
perhaps a 1950s dance hall in Italy. Itamar Finzi and his band Monti
Fiori serenade the three dancers on stage. In Obscene Gesture
, Kogan’s voice
regales the audience with a recent dream Kogan had in which he interacts quite
unusually with the late Pina Bausch. His cast of five strong dancers bring this
quirky and insightful piece to life. Kelner’s The Sad Little, Sensitive,
Unappreciative, Pisces Jesus Man
has a cast of four men. The dancers are at once
movers and a rock ‘n’ roll ensemble, entertaining the audience while struggling
with one another. Kelner’s dancers spent the past several months rehearsing
their movements and their musical skills, as the music in this piece will be
played live.Curtain Up will run from November 3 through November 12 with
performances at the Suzanne Dellal Center (www.suzannedellal.org.il) and the
Jerusalem Theater (www.jerusalem-theater.co.il).