(photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
How much does a working space affect the work itself? It is a known fact that
artists are very particular about where they work and how. Some need fresh air,
others silence, some decorate their studios with inspirational material, while
others need the starkness of bare white walls.
For the past several
years, the Inbal Pinto Dance Company has comfortably created their nostalgic
masterpieces within the four walls of Studio A at the Suzanne Dellal Center.
When in Israel, their premieres were held only a few meters away, on the
center’s main stage.
This week, breaking from their norm, the Inbal Pinto
Dance Company will present a new evening at the Itim Ensemble Theater on Nahmani
Street. For the past several months, the seven dancers of the company, along
with actor Zvi Fishon, have made the historic theater their home. Taking what is
said to be a breather from Suzanne Dellal, Pinto and Pollack have set up shop
entirely on stage, conducting rehearsals in the actual performance space. The
evening will be composed of two pieces, one by Pinto and Pollack entitled Toros,
the other a solo by Talia Beck.
The evening will open with Beck’s
minimalist solo Ma’atzama, danced by Shir Medvetsky. This gripping piece, which
features a beautiful woman seated at a desk with windblown hair and hundreds of
precise gestures, was first shown alongside Trout in last year’s Curtain Up
festival. It was the second piece Beck had done for the company, the first being
Saudade, a work for five women.
Last year, Beck showed 10 minutes of the
piece. Now she will present the fuller expression of the work.
Toros is a
relatively short work for Pinto and Pollack, standing at about 30 minutes in
duration. The piece is performed by six women and one man and uses bits of
music, from classical piano to Polish tango. As always, the duo has toyed with
props to enhance the theatricality of the work.
Though the two works were
created separately, Pinto and Pollack are certain they will make for a cohesive
evening. “I see a strong connection between the works,” said Pollack. “If you go
to a gallery and see two paintings next to each other, they create a dialogue.
Of course, because Talia’s piece is first, it will affect the feelings of the
audience when they view our piece,” said Pinto.
Working in unconventional
spaces is a new hobby for the company. In 2008, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack
were invited to create a new work in Stavager, Norway. It was the first time the
couple had attempted to choreograph outside of a conventional dance studio,
drifting into the murky waters of site-specific dance. In the middle of a cold
winter, in a beer factory outside of Norway’s metropolis, the company found that
unusual spaces render fantastic results. Changing the three walls of their
rehearsal and performance space had a powerful effect on the so-called fourth
wall in Trout, a dark piece set on a watery stage with sound-boarded
“When we were bringing Trout to Israel, we thought about doing it
here,” explained Pollack. “The space we used in Trout really informed the
creation. It was a space that spoke to us. We were looking for something like
that here,” continued Pinto.
The departure from creating in the studio
suits Pinto and Pollack just fine, they explained at a press conference earlier
this month. “This space provides a welcome change of atmosphere,” said Pollack.
“It has a special feel and we really like it here.”
“I have a lot of
nostalgia in this space, even though I have no memories here,” Pinto
Toros and Ma’atzama will run from December 8 to 11 at the
Itim Ensemble Theater. Shows will be held at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., with a
matinee on December 10 at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ticketnet.co.il.
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