shira eviatar – guest artist from Israel

Shira Eviatar is an independent choreographer and dancer based in Tel Aviv and a DanceWeb scholarship program participant (2015). She has performed her works in festivals throughout Israel and Europe, such as Curtain Up, Diver Festival, International Exposure, Malta Festival, Fresh – Tanztage Braunschweig, EPOS Film Festival/ Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She has been recently invited by the Bat-Sheva Dance Company to perform her newest work Rising, which she will also show in SEAD this September where she is currently working as an artist in residence.

Shira researchs into the forms within tradition and the knowledge they contain, the embodiment of belief systems, values, past generations, through the practicing of aesthetics. In her works she examines movements etched in the body, sourced in tradition of celebration. She is fascinated by the roots of the body and mind and how we embody our past generations, traditions and cultures. Some of her works include Body Roots, Body Mandala, Rising, Three Generations: One Body, Kosher and De-Port Workers. 

  

In the content of SEAD’s intercultural exchange project Hidden States, the audience in Salzburg is invited to a public showing of Shira’s last work Rising (2016): The work is an encounter of two bodies of knowledge from two different cultures: Yemenite and Moroccan. The dance of celebration is displaced out of its context and set on stage, striped from its ethnic aesthetics, allowing us to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the two traditions. Through the action of "re-wearing" these movements they hope to raise feelings, sensations and mindsets belonging to these cultures. Both artists examine the junction of the ethnic body and physical body. The work hopes to provide an unbiased space for this Arabic identified movements, allowing us to observe the movements as they are.
Rising relates to the earlier works Body Roots and Body Mandala. Body Roots is a solo performance which uses masks to examine images and representations of her family and how they are carried in Shira’s body and mind. The work examines the intersubjective approach. Body Mandala is a solo work which focuses on the movements of celebration of her Moroccan grandmother, embedded from childhood. The work unravels her cultural heritage into the present experience, establishing new bodily synapses for a future movement. The work seeks to question the artistic ascetics based in Israel and attempts to recentralize Mizrachi culture in contemporary dance. 

Artistic context

“Through my own narrative I connect to social and cultural context. In my work  

I focus on elements erased from culture and history, disappearing from  

mainstream society, designated as non-relevant or inferior. I try to make  

space for those narratives that have been excluded or erased.

In the last few years I have been exploring my Moroccan Heritage in relation  

to my individual story as well as the collective narrative of Arabic Jews  

(Jews that have migrated from Arabic countries).  A motivation of my work is  

related to my father denying his Moroccan Arabic roots and excluding it from  

his life, as he embodied a belief system that is grounded in the Israeli  

narrative. In Israeli society, as the country was built, various narratives  

crossed paths in time and some became mirror images of others, some became  

hegemonic and some were erased. For example, in Israeli schools history is  

taught from the perspective of European Jews but history of Jews from other  

regions is excluded from the curriculum.  This is an example of policy and  

belief systems that protect and create hierarchy by defining what is  

meaningful in identity and who needs to reform in order to fit into the  

hegemony.

I celebrate my Moroccan heritage, the movement of celebration that are etched  

in my body as a counter action to my father's erasing and to society's  

hegemony. Through my work I hope to provide an unbiased space for this Arabic  

identified movements. I am trying to broaden the gaze on this movement and to  

let it exist without minimizing it to one closed image but rather to offer  

its richness, celebrating it, allowing it to be a source for movement  

research. I re -write my body history by creating new bodily synapsis using  

tools of choreography and creation. Through rehearsals and movement research,  

I take and restore those movements, reclaiming my political body.” (Shira Eviatar)

Currently Shira Eviatar is working on a new work, a solo piece for the dancer Evyatar Said. The work Eviatar / Said (2017) draws a personal cultural landscape from the Yemenite Tradition: movement, dances, rhythms, gestures, values, way of thinking and communication that together compose a language that is practiced as one’s heritage. By entering the public space, this language becomes recognized, identified as "other". On stage, Said migrates into his home; he deconstructs and rewrites his body memories, his bodies of knowledge, emotions and sensations as he celebrates the possibility of establishing an independent body in the present.

RISING
Public showing
September 25th, 2017
5.pm, SEAD / The Josef Eckhart Theatre

Get to know more about the artist: shiraeviatar.com

 

back in tel aviv

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At the end of our first Hidden States project year, we visited the International Dance Exposure in Tel Aviv again, and saw very different and impressive performances in Suzanne Dellal Centre - home of Batsheva or Inbal Dance Company - , and in other venues such as the old Warehouse 2 in Jaffa Port and the Tmuna theatre. With lots of new and unexpected impressions, names and faces in mind, we came back to town and immediately began to spin more plans for the next year! We want to know more about how Israel became so famous for dance, and who made Tel Aviv a "capital" of dance. But what kind of dance is it? And why do we dance how we dance where we dance? For this we will also put an eye on different places in Israel where you can learn dance. So, we are looking very much forward to the next projects! See you soon - either on our side or the other :)

let's explore tel aviv with the power of dance...

shalom tel aviv
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...let's sneak in and see what these talented students are doing!
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...visiting the Batsheva Young Ensemble with Decadance at Suzanne Dellal Center
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...and explore, sweat and dance together!

...with choreographer Sita Ostheimer and dancers from SEAD's Bodhi Project and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, at AJCC.

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...we leave you with plenty of beautiful, new and amazing impressions! A huge THANK YOU to our wonderful and generous partners from the Arab Jewish Community Centre/A house of dance, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tel Aviv and the Maslool Professional Dance Programm!

Thanks to Haim Kimchi (for taking pictures during the workshop) and to Eli Shiri (for the picture of the performance)!


Hidden States - a cultural dance exchange project of Israel and Austria - is funded by Bundeskanzleramt Kunst, Salzburg Land Culture, and Salzburg City CultureWith the friendly support of the Embassy of Israel in Vienna, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tel Aviv.

 Day 3/4 - Public talks

starting the dress rehearsal
...with the 11 dancers of Le Marchepied (festival day 1).

starting the dress rehearsal

after performance artist talk with the choreographers
...Eldad Ben Sasson (for Bodhi Project),
Nicholas Pettit and Corinne Rochet (Le Marchepied)
with Peter Stamer (festival day 1).

after performance artist talk with the choreographers

after performance artist talk with the dancers
... Federico Valenti, Nefeli Kadinopoulou-Asteriou,
Sami Similä (representing Bodhi Project),
Madison Caple-Bird, Andrew Swan, Stan West
(representing EDge/London Contemporary Dance School)
with Peter Stamer
(festival day 2).

after performance artist talk with the dancers

final applaus on the last festival day
...thank you international Salzburg people!!

final applaus on the last festival day

good night Xchange festival...
...you've treated us very well!

good night Xchange festival...

Day 2 - Exchanging thoughts and stories

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STARTING THE DAY
WITH CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER JOS BAKER
FROM THE U.K.
Susan Peter Camera Sw
WITH SUSAN QUINN,
DIRECTOR OF SEAD AND BODHI PROJECT.
Eldad Camera Bluish
WITH ELDAD BEN SASSON,
DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER
FROM TEL AVIV.
Beno Blue
WITH BENO NOVAK,
SEAD STUDENT IN THE GOING ON YEAR
FROM SLOVENIA.
Eldad Peter Sw
WITH ELDAD BEN SASSON
AND BERLIN-BASED 'THEATRE MAKER'
PETER STAMER.
Jelkas Group
DANCE AND RESEARCH,
WITH LONDON-BASED CHOREOGRAPHER JELKA MILIC
FROM SLOVENIA.
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THOUGHTS START FLYING.
Neta Susan
SUSAN QUINN WITH NETA PULVERMACHER,
CHOREOGRAPHER AND PROFESSOR
AT JERUSALEM UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND DANCE,
BORN IN KIBBUTZ LEHAVOT HABASHAN, ISRAEL.

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