‘WE LOVE ARABS’ 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Idan Cohen)
Two of the more talented independent choreographers shared an evening at the new
dance venue –Warehouse 2.
Idan Cohen opened with a short solo, based on
Songs of a Wayfarer, by Gustav Mahler and performed by Omer
Astrachan, a good enough dancer, had difficulty owning the
choreographic material, not in the technical sense, but in its artistic
development. His execution seemed more like sketched rehearsal, than polished
product with enough nuances, flow and syntax’s complexity. The solo is short and
perhaps could do with further work and development.
Hillel Kogan, superb
creator and performer premiered perhaps his best piece yet.We Love Arabs is a
true masterpiece by all measures. I can’t think at the moment of a dance piece
that is as witty, provocative, political and hilarious as that one.
on stage assumes a role of choreographer in the midst of preparation of a new
piece. He shares his thoughts with the audience during the process and lets his
body search for honest and politically correct ways to explain why he needs an
Arab partner for the theme of the new piece – co existence. He shares aloud his
indecisions, chatting insatiably with a straight face and tons of innocence, and
the result is a true standup comedy. At the same time his jargon sends pointed
arrows, mocking the idioms of the GaGa technique of Batsheva, using images and
metaphors that may sound ridiculous to an outsider, such as: look for a way to
connect your body to the space, and let the space find a way to connect to
Adi Boutrous (an Arab in the role of an Arab) was a terrific
partner, challenging and interesting enough, to serve as the perfect side
Kogan, is a bundle of talent oozing from each of his pores. He is a
first rate dancer, actor with exquisite sense of ‘space,’ and superb sense of
timing. This cohesive piece is by far the most brilliant choreographic adventure
I have seen in years! I chuckled and laughed and admired his mind, originality,
as well as his deep stage comprehension.