The freedom to experiment
By ORI J. LENINSKI
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the A Genre Festival presents two evenings of experimental works.
Tmuna Theater is a haven for many artists. Musicians, choreographers, directors
and actors alike are able to find something in the south Tel Aviv location that
has no parallel. The freedom to experiment in a performance space, which Tmuna
is known to afford their artists, provides a unique type of license for
established and emerging creators.
One of the main outlets for an artist
interested in braving the Tmuna stages is the A Genre Festival. For 10 years,
this event has hosted some of the most celebrated theater and dance pieces in
Israel. To celebrate a decade of existence, artistic directors Nava Zuckerman of
Tmuna Theater and Yair Vardi have put together two evenings of experimental works.
The starting point for
this program was a list of questions, such as Whom are we speaking to with our
art and in what language? How do we fit in with the past, present and future?
How do we connect with the reality, business, theory and criticism that surround
us? The two programs represent different approaches to these
Evening one draws from the notion that creation is most often
a result of a deep, inner source finding expression in the open.
group of artists consists of Talia Hoffman, Einat Amir, Naama Shendar, Ari
Tepperberg and Anna Wild.
Tepperberg and Wild will present an
autobiographical meeting, which will involve anecdotes and objects. The two have
been collaborating for the past three years, weaving together personal histories
and interpretations of the world around them. Their work involves music, theater
and storytelling elements.
Hoffman’s piece is a performance for two
people and a dog. In an investigation of repetition, Hoffman, along with actor
Guy Elhnan and the dog Bijoux, explore the many ways to retrace one’s
Amir’s performance is choreography for one viewer.
the psychological idea of diffusion of responsibility, Amir’s piece challenges
the audience’s idea of proper and improper interaction with a performer and with
their peers. Amir’s work has been presented in various spaces and museums around
Evening two is comprised of works by artists who believe that
creation is a result of the artist’s interaction with society.
Yaaron will present the second part of a trilogy entitled Acre, My Love. The
piece focuses on the late Noel Zini, a drug addicted Acre denizen who passed
away last year. Yaaron’s performance includes a taped interview with Zini, which
Yaaron conducted last year. On stage, Yaaron responds to the statements made by
Zini and conveys her thoughts on her subject.
Double Bed by Shai Persil
offers a moment to take a break from all the action. On a mattress in a nook,
Persil awaits sleepy passersby. His performance straddles the line
between intimate and public experiences.
A Genre will take place on May
25, 26, and 27. For more information, visit www.tmu-na.org.il