(photo credit: Omri Barel)
‘I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night, and still have
begged for more,” sings Liza Dolittle in the classic musical My Fair Lady.
Driven by romance and perhaps some fine wine, Liza’s words, though sweet, are
most likely an exaggeration. Would she really have wanted to dance all night?
The answer is probably no. Like most physical pastimes, dancing is wonderful for
an hour of two, maybe four, but as any all-night dance-a-thon participant will
tell you, prolonged dancing is quite the challenge.
This is exactly what
choreographers Maya Levi, Anando Mars, Iris Marko and costume designer Barak
Aviam Ish-Shalom have set out to test. In their new collaborative work
Trans.parent – A Long Distance Dance, which premieres next week and will run
once a week during the month of January, audiences are invited to come and go as
they please over the course of a full night. The performance will go on until
the last spectator goes home. A coffee shop and seating area will be at the
The unconventional nature of this work began with the
creative process. “The process is actually the piece,” explains Marko. “My three
colleagues and I decided to make a piece with different methods. It has to do
with the movement language, the approach and the style. Instead of working three
times a week for three to four hours, we decided to meet once a week for 24
hours. From Friday to Saturday.”
Working out of Studio Artness on
Kibbutz Ein Shemer, the collaborators and their group of performers were free to
do whatever they liked through the wee hours of the night.
that that way, people would have to deal with all kinds of elements – tiredness,
food and being together for so long. The moment we put ourselves together for 24
hours, we had to find a mechanism that worked for the 12 people present. Through
this work we looked for movement, using improvisation, missions, tasks to do it.
And we found all kinds of things. We couldn’t separate our lives from our
work. We couldn’t leave it outside. Everything came into the process,” says
“The piece is a reflection of this experiment. It was a
laboratory. It reveals the new language that we found. The issues that we are
dealing with are the deep understanding of each dancer or performer. The
audience will get to see the good and bad about each one of us. To see how they
deal with their family, their dreams, their passions,” she says. In
addition to the four creators of the piece, a cast of dancers and DJs took part
in this experiment. Finding cast members who would be willing to endure the many
ups and downs of this project was a feat for Marko and friends.
auditions where we told people that this was what we were going to do. It took
us five or six meetings to understand whom we were working with. The fact that
people wanted to work in this way didn’t mean that they were immediately ready
to do it. When they arrived, they realized that it was much more difficult than
they thought,” explains Marko.
During the many hours of the piece, the
DJ, namely music master and Kol Hacampus star Ori Bankhalter, will be in charge
of the overall ambience in the room.
“Ori was a major part of the
process,” says Marko. “DJs are like gods sometimes. They can change the entire
mood. Ori has his own style, his own taste and his own take on what the piece
needs at any given moment. He’s very important to us.”
For Marko, who is
now eight months pregnant, this process has been both challenging and
informative. “We worked a lot with the idea of family,” she says. “We are in the
business of making art. We are trying to continue to make art in a way that is
connected to the place that we are in. I won’t ignore that I’m eight months
pregnant. They [Levi and Mars, who are life partners] can’t ignore that they
have twins at home. What that brings into the studio is very connected to that.
The piece is also a kind of child to us. We are four parents. I feel like I’m
about to give birth to this piece.”Trans.parent will premiere on January
4 at Studio Artness on Kibbutz Ein Shemer and will continue on January 12, 19
and 26 at 8:30 p.m. until the next morning. For tickets, call
077-504-0082. Tickets cost NIS 100. Seating is limited.