Dana Katz 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
One year ago, dancer and choreographer Dana Katz unveiled the fruit of two years
of hard and painstaking work. Over three evenings at the Inbal Theater in The
Suzanne Dellal Center, Katz presented EgoBus, a hip, cutting-edge multimedia
dance piece set on three dancers, Katz included. Katz spent the better part of
two years filming, choreographing and editing EgoBus. The debut of the piece was
especially charged with excitement and anticipation for Katz and her devoted
posse of fans.
In the past year, Katz has taken the wheel, so to speak,
After having performed on stages in the US and Europe, Katz
returns to the Inbal Theater to present EgoBus and two new works, which were
created along the way. Most recently the ACT Festival in Bilbao, Spain, hosted
the Danaka Dance Group. This evening is part of the Hot Dance Festival at The
Suzanne Dellal Center.
In EgoBus, the audience joins Katz on a trip,
which is both literal and figurative. On the back wall of the stage, a
shows men and women waiting for the bus. Some of the bus stops are
while others are set in the middle of a rising tide or set between
At different points during the piece, dancers get on and off
the bus and are shown either in the video or on stage. When it rains
the dancers seek shelter on the bus. The work begins in the middle of
traffic-filled streets of a major city. As the piece progresses, the
outside the windows of the bus goes from urban to rural, ending at the
Katz has a strong tie with the ocean and has been surfing for years. As
the beach represents ultimate release and freedom. EgoBus is about
to find quiet amidst all the tribulations of life, she explained.
after the premiere of EgoBus, Katz was invited to Martha’s Vineyard to
new work for The Bessie Schonberg choreographer’s residency at The Yard.
the course of one month, Katz worked with five local dancers.
was Old Cherry Blossom Road, a dark piece about the closeness and
conflict in a
community of women. Lanterns give the stage a warm, nighttime glow.
music by Ofir Leibovich is both soft and tense, keeping the audience on
of their seats.
Upon finishing her engagement in Martha’s Vineyard, Katz
set off for New York, where she and her dancers performed in White
Dance Festival. As Katz is based in both New York and Tel Aviv, she has
established two casts for this work. The Israeli cast of Old Cherry
includes Shimrit Golan, Danielle Itshakov, Elior Briskin, Katz, and Mor
Arie, who were part of the original cast.
The final work in Katz’s
upcoming evening is You and I. The newest of the three, it is a duet
Katz and Mor Gur-Arie. Gur-Arie and Katz have enjoyed a long friendship
creative partnership. Three years ago, Gur-Arie relocated to New York
Aviv to pursue an American dance career. Commissioned by the Triskelion
Center in New York City, You And I tells the story of the struggle to
bond of friendship in spite of physical separation. The score is by Alva
This is Katz’s first full evening of work and promises to be a
unique and moving event.EgoBus will run at the Inbal Theater
on July 30.
For tickets, call (03) 510-5656 or visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.