Dance: Fusing sight and sound

‘The Burnt Room’ is performed in Tel Aviv.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
December 23, 2016 13:02
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‘The Burnt Room’

‘The Burnt Room’. (photo credit: PR)

 
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Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof lead the pack when it comes to new performance platforms.

They were among the first artists invited to choreograph work for the revived Inbal Dance Theater, and they are now the only Israeli dance artists to participate in the Center for Contemporary Art’s (CCA) new initiative Conditions of Political Choreography. Their duet The Burnt Room will run next week and the following week as part of the two-month exhibition in Tel Aviv.

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Conditions of Political Choreography is a research project of the CCA together with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). Over the past several weeks and running through the first week of January, artists from Israel and abroad show their works, which were commissioned specifically by this project. In June, the artists will present their works in Berlin.

Zuk and Fishof’s The Burnt Room takes place in one room and involves a range of audio interventions. Danced by Carmel Ben- Asher and Kelvin Wu, the piece invites audiences to position themselves throughout the space, close to or far away from the performers.

The Burnt Room follows a line of choreographies from life and work partners Zuk and Fishof, which includes the Nothing trilogy, Garden of Minutes and An Old Woman Picking Up a Stone from the Ground and Carrying It Back to her House.

Zuk hails from the Gaga genre, having spent the beginning of career as a seminal dancer in the Batsheva Dance Company. Six years ago, she left the company to begin her path as an independent choreographer. Since then, she has been invited to perform and create works around the world.

Fishof is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound, media and movement. His installations have been hosted throughout Israel, as well as abroad.



The common denominator of all Zuk and Fishof’s work is meticulous attention to musicality. The meeting of their languages allows the audience to view movement and process sound in an entirely new and innovative way. Each and every note is translated into a clear gesture, each melody a coherent sentence.

‘The Burnt Room’ will be performed on December 26, 29, January 3 and 6 at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. For more information: www.conditionsofpoliticalchoreography.org.

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