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If for nothing else, it’s worth going to the Suzanne Dellal Center to hear
dancer Roni Heller whistle, in perfect timing, the tune of “La Vie en
Rose.” Naturally, her performance has a lot of other highlights. This
week, Heller will present two showings of Objective Relations in the Yaron
Yerushalmi Hall. The performances will be free of charge and invite
audiences to enjoy an out-ofthe- ordinary sort of dance
Heller is a dance theater artist whose performances have
bridged the gap between museum and stage works. Objective Relations is
comprised of two pieces, each of which explores the interaction with a specific
object or set of things.
Furniture is based on the Theater of the Absurd,
a movement of writers that includes Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard and Harold
Pinter. These artists’ works reflected a belief that human existence has no
purpose and, as such, all actions are futile and absurd.
Heller’s take on
this notion takes shape in two parts: collapse and rebirth. Alone on stage,
Heller battles with her inner demons, allowing them to overtake her, and she
finally rises from the ashes of her emotional destruction. Her movement style
was drawn from the Japanese dance form Butoh and is minimal.Plank
trio for two dancers and a plank. It is the first section of Heller’s trilogy
entitled Objective Relations.
For this work, Heller drew inspiration from
American artist Charles Ray’s Plank Piece
. In Ray’s installation work, which
premiered in 1973, the artist explores physical possibilities in an empty room,
using a plank as his partner. Pinned against the wall by his partner, Ray
twisted and turned, hanging himself upside down for lengths of time, then
In Heller’s Plank
, two bodies are influenced by the presence
of the object, presenting a new world of opportunities. Heller and dancer
Nicholas Cascliar Marquiz will perform the piece. Composer Dganit Elyaqim, who
will perform alongside the duet, created the score of this work.
objective was to find the most basic type of object, one that evoked the least
emotion, and explore ways of manipulating her and the situation to create
different feelings. The presence of another performer infuses the work with
tension, closeness and the element of surprise.
Objective Relations will
run on March 28 and 29 at the Yaron Yerushalmi Hall at the Suzanne Dellal
Center. For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.