A world unto itself

The Tmuna Festival draws diverse spheres together.

The Tmuna Festival (photo credit: PR)
The Tmuna Festival
(photo credit: PR)
Inside a theater exists an entire world.
Every theater, large or small, public or private, mainstream or fringe, contains a universe of visions that audiences can partake of just by purchasing ticket and crossing the threshold. The world of south Tel Aviv performance space Tmuna Theater is an eclectic one inhabited by a rotating cast of unique characters. While not the fanciest or shiniest of halls, Tmuna’s beauty lies in its ability to draw different spheres together, regardless of categories or genres, in a type of grunge paradise.
Next week, Tmuna will kick off the annual Tmuna Festival, featuring music, theater and dance performances.
In the dance sector, Tmuna represents a kind of out-of-the-box freedom to experiment with and present ideas that do not fit into other Israeli spaces. Under the tin roof of the garage theater, viewers are offered glimpses of the inner thoughts and visions of emerging and established dance artists almost daily.
For the festival, curators Yair Vardi and Nava Zuckerman put together a dance lineup that clearly represents the artistic line of the space.
The first dance show in the festival will be given by Berlin-based duo Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger. The two artists met several years ago and have since taken Europe by storm with their uncanny honesty and force. Their work, I Hope You Die Soon You Are Theirs, which will be presented on Friday afternoon, is a retrospective of three previous duets made over the past five years. While in town, Schubot and Gradinger will teach a workshop at Yasmeen Godder’s studio in Jaffa and will present a breath-based performance at The Passage as part of the VRS party line. Their visit is an initiative of Tmuna Theater together with Arkadi Zaides’s Moves Without Borders.
Stav Marin and Shuli Enosh are two of the most compelling young female choreographers in Israel today. Many will recognize Enosh from her prominent roles in works by Yasmeen Godder. A longtime collaborator of Godder’s, Enosh recently struck out on her own, presenting solos of her own creation. Marin has been seen in works by her sister, Or Marin, as well as in creations by various independent choreographers. Earlier this year she presented I’m Just a Question. The two will present a joint program of I’m Just a Question and Enosh’s Hora Ecstasy.
In 2013, up-and-coming choreographer Roy Assaf premiered Girls as part of the annual Curtain Up Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Festival. The piece showed five women clad in blood-red leotards. Throughout the 40-minute piece, the dancers recreated iconic images of women, vacillating between staunch austerity and uproarious silliness. In light of the success of the piece, Assaf extended Girls into a full evening. Over the past several months, he revisited the work from a new perspective, inviting five male dancers into the studio. Boys is the result of Assaf’s attempt to apply the strategies used in the making of Girls to the opposite sex. He will present an evening at Tmuna that includes both pieces.