Dance review: Tamar Borer – BOHU
Tamar Borer found her voice in the realm of performance art, with a minimalist approach toward movement.
BOHU Photo: Courtesy PR
Tamar Borer – BOHU
Clipa Theater, October 17
An artist with unique stage presence, Tamar Borer found her voice in the realm
of performance art, with a minimalist approach toward
Creativity and originality often thrive within constrains and
limitations, as Borer’s work demonstrates.
As a former dancer who lost
her mobility years ago, she circumvented her disabilities and used inner
intensity, rock-like stillness, expressive hands and upper body, much influenced
by Japanese Butoh, which charges her works with hypnotic inner power wrapped
with strong, esthetic touch.
After a series of political works, BOHU is
different. Its enigmatic title alludes perhaps to Hebrew biblical expression
Tohu Vavohu, the primordial chaos, and the Hebrew verb meaning “to
On the black floor, covered with remnants of some major calamity,
we see a shallow pool of water glowing in the dark, as a symbol of hope and
future. BOHU is a journey within the landscape of the soul that manages to
distill the mundane with great sensitivity into art.
The elongated figure
of an Ophelia- type beauty, pale, almost transparently lean, with deep ginger
red hair is stepping down off a narrow metal ladder with unnoticeable moves.
This is Tamar Lam, Borer’s close collaborator in this project.
dressed in black, her long black curls loose, her black eyes fiery and hands
strong, portrays an inverted image of Lam. She is the powerful figure who
controls the process on stage, like a sorcerer, in spite of an effort to play it
Borer lets off a measure of her stern self control and allows
herself to smile openly. The duet between the dark and the fair beauties takes
place on the floor, and slowly, with hinted gestures like brushing fingers, each
body resonates and acknowledge the other, and finally blooms into a unique
Special mention is due to Borer for the unique stage design, to
Tamar Or for designing the lights, Tamar Lam for the video and Uri Frost for the