Getting intimate

This year’s Intimadance Festival focuses on the theme of designed movement in daily life.

June 13, 2013 15:34
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‘LOVING ARABS’ by Hillel Kogan

‘LOVING ARABS’ by Hillel Kogan. (photo credit: Gadi Dagon)

The definition of choreography is the art of designing movement.

Although this form is generally associated with the stage, choreography can be found everywhere in our daily lives, from the post office to nightclubs to the highways leading in and out of town. This year, the new artistic directors of Tmuna Theater’s Intimadance Festival, Rotem Tashach and Inbal Yaacobi, asked choreographers to focus on the kind of designed movement that takes place outside of the dance studio, in pedestrian life.

Eleven pieces will be premiered as part of the Intimadance Festival, which will take place over four days next weekend. The creations have been divided into two programs.

The Tel Aviv Municipality, together with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, supports the Intimadance Festival.

Despite limited funds, the event has succeeded in growing not only in the number of performances presented each year but also in prestige. For many local choreographers and dance lovers, Intimadance offers the clearest picture of the latest trends and issues afoot in the local community. Many of the pieces created for Intimadance have gone on to be seen on stages around the country and to tour internationally.

Unlike other local dance festivals, the Intimadance Festival always begins with a topic or theme. In previous years the themes have been a work of literature, colors or a single word. Yaacobi and Tashach chose the notion of choreography in the broader sense of the word as a response to a growing trend in the Israeli dance community.

Tashach and Yaacobi are two artists who approach dance not only from movement but also from thought.

Whereas dance makers once followed an accepted path of first dancing with a major company for many years, then later trying their hand at choreography, today’s choreographers come from all different walks of life. Many successful choreographers have never danced for a company, have never actually been hired as professional dancers and received their training in other fields.

This fact has largely changed the type of work being presented on Israeli stages.

From a place of technique and physicality, dance is being pulled into a theoretical, philosophical moment.

Program A will consist of five pieces: Attempts at Hypnosis by Maya Brinner; Comfortable with Difficulty or How I Stopped Cutting Onions with a Cake Knife by Ariel Bronz and Bar Altaras; Ruth The Spy by Asher Lev; Zamnemet by Saar Skali; and A Bit More Free by Tal Shibi.

Program B will present Miss Catch by Maayan Horesh and Nitsan Lederman; Barcode by Gabrielle Neuhaus; Loving Arabs by Hillel Kogan; and Intersection by Olivia Court Mesa.

Each program will be presented three times during the course of the weekend.

The festival will also host a number of performances beyond the two programs curated by Tashach and Yaacobi. The band Ground Heights will host an evening of music and dancing inspired by African and Caribbean rhythms. The Adler Trio will present a lineup of their favorite songs. And Shimrit Or will host her father in a joint show.

Adva Zakai will present About Yesterday , a performance in which today’s audience influences tomorrow’s show. According to Zakai, who lives and works in Brussels, the Intimadance audience will dictate what the Belgian audience will think of contemporary dance this coming fall.

The Intimadance Festival will take place June 19-22. For more information, visit

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