Michal Sharon 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
In medicine, the vital nature of second opinions is unquestionable. Where one
doctor sees one malady, another may perceive a drastically different problem. In
truth, in almost any field two heads are often better than one.
bulk of her career, Michal Sharon provided this important service. As a dancer
for and partner of a well-known choreographer, Sharon was often asked to lend
her critical eye to the creations of others.
But all that was before she
returned to Israel.
Now back in her own country, Sharon has decided to
try her hand at choreography, a feat that has intimidated her for many years.
Later this month, she will unveil her second original work as part of the She Is
Movement evening in the Women’s Festival in Holon. The evening will consist of
premieres by Sharon, Maya Yogel, Danielle Livnat and Shelly Alaluf.
choreography for four dancers, Instruction Manual is Sharon’s attempt to connect
to dance in a new way. The piece she will present in Holon is only a small
excerpt of the evening-length production that will premiere at Beit Gavriel in
“The piece is about the desire and need to be part of a
group, the power of a group,” said Sharon in a recent interview with The
Jerusalem Post. “Every person who is alone has an ugly side, a weak side. The
piece was made for women, so it is a lot about the power of women. There is a
recurring motive of the folding of paper, which connects to a childish place
within the women. Later it becomes manipulative, even obsessive.”
a decade ago, Sharon left Israel for the sake of her career and her
relationship. Her partner, Itzik Galili, was the artistic director of the
Netherlands Dance Theater. Sharon was a dancer for the company and a confidant
of Galili’s throughout his many artistic endeavors. “In Holland I had my son.
And then I had twins. I found myself alone a lot. There were some really tough times there,”
“Motherhood brought about this desire to be here,” said Sharon
of her somewhat sudden return to Israel. “To save my soul, I had to come back.
Sadly, Itzik stayed living there. He’s doing his art.
motherhood are both total. I know choreographers that do both, but it’s hard
without a partner. I’m doing an experiment on my own.”
For the four
months of the creation process for Instruction Manual, Sharon managed to juggle
studio time with home time, creation with overseeing homework – and all on her
own. “I am a single parent to three kids. I want to continue to work in my
field,” she said.
Though Sharon’s career as a dancer kept her in major
cities, she feels shy about presenting her art in Tel Aviv.
“I don’t want
to take part in the festivals. I feel uncomfortable about joining the scene
there,” she explained.
Now, entrenched in her northern community of
Zichron Ya’akov, Sharon dreams of developing a more permanent forum for herself
and her peers to explore and present their art. “I am striving to create a
professional group here,” she said. “I do think that Zichron is a great place to
have a company. Dancers are very nomadic, they can move around easily. Zichron
is perfect for a group because it is beautiful and conveniently located between
Haifa and Tel Aviv.”
And though Instruction Manual marks Sharon’s
transition into the realm of choreographers, she hasn’t forgotten the importance
of second opinions. “The kids have really enjoyed this process. They love coming
into the studio to tell me what they think about what we are making,” she
She Is Movement will take place on February 23 at 7 p.m.
the Holon Theater. For tickets, call (03) 502-3000 or visit www.holon.muni.il.