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Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre | One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery

February 09 - March 09, 2019


Pre-premiere performances in the framework of Nir Segal and Eloise Fornieles' exhibition "There is a Light that Never Goes Out" at RawArt Gallery, 31 January – 9 March, 2019

 

Full performances (RSVP only): Saturdays at 12pm

 

Dance segments in an open performance to gallery visitors: Thursdays between 12pm and 6pm

 

The gap between the way love is presented in culture and the way it is experienced by individuals is the basis and inspiration for choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf’s new dance piece. The work is constructed as a series of short stories connected to each other by a body that is in search of intimacy. Three characters perform quasi-real and quasi-imaginary biographies. They oscillate between personal nostalgia and collective memory, they trace a lost reality, and dance to fill the gap between their inner world and the one outside, between who they were and who they are today. The past wanders around the space like a ghost, putting on and taking of the shape of songs that haunt you, and of bodies whose tangible memory has been imprinted on you.

In this new piece, as in their previous works, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf continue their exploration of the essence of what it means to be human - to love, to get excited, to fail, to dream, to long for something, to belong and to be estranged. They would like to surface that which is evasive and undefined, and whose edges only art can touch.

The gallery performances are the first phase in a project that will later be performed on stage.

 

Choreographers and Artistic Directors Yossi Berg and Oded Graf started collaborating in 2005, when they founded the international dance company Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre. They have since built a reputation for work that is supremely physical, sometimes provocative, and by turns poignant and witty. Having performed with world-renowned troupes, including Batsheva Dance Company and DV8 Physical Theatre, they mix a masterful physicality with a dynamic research of theatre, text, and voice. Responding to the social and political realities of contemporary life, they offer new ways of looking at dance and exploring performance. Berg and Graf’s company is touring extensively in prestigious festivals and venues around the world: Montpellier Danse France, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater NYC, DansensHus Stockholm, SIDance South Korea, The Place Theater London, Lausanne Danse Switzerland, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and JCDN Japan, among others. They have created work for opera houses and won numerous choreography awards. They received Israel's Ministry of Culture Award for Outstanding Choreographers and were awarded the Rosenblum Prize for Artistic Excellence in the Performing Arts.


Concept & Choreography: Yossi Berg & Oded Graf
Creating performers: Ofri Mantell, Tal Adler Arieli, Yossi Berg
Musical advice and original score: Nadav Barnea
Costumes: Ilanit Shamia
Artistic Adviser: Rachel Erdos
Outside Eye: Ran Brown, Nava Zuckerman
Producer: Hila Gamili
Supported by the Israel Ministry of Culture

 

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