TWO ROOM APARTMENT | Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor | Israeli Week

For over a year, Niv and Oren have been preparing their own version of the dance work Two Room Apartment by Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal, that premiered in Israel in 1987.

The work uses a simple dance language and a minimalist aesthetic, and explores the notion of life as a framework in which a precise, almost compulsive repetition of customs and behaviors takes place. The work explores this notion while addressing a variety of contexts, ranging from the state, military and family to the intimate framework of a couple’s relationship, as well as the individual with himself. It deals with two kinds of borders: on one hand it deals with real frameworks and boundaries, such as the boundaries between states, or between two rooms, and on the other hand it deals with the boundaries within ourselves – those which do not lend themselves to realization: the limitations of ability, the boundaries of ethics – those boundaries that the individual sets for himself.

The work is considered by many a milestone in the developement of independant Israeli choreography, and it also received impressive international acclaim: the work had won several awards at the time, among them the Bagnolet Competition for Choreography.

By and with: Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor
Based on the 1987 dance work by Liat Dror & Nir Ben Gal
Music: Ori Vidislavski, Elton John, Vains of Jenna
Artistic consultant: Keren Levi
Rehearsal management: Carmit Burian, Yael Venezia
Light design: Netta Koren, Wil Frikken
Drawing: Ruth Gwily
Photos: Gadi Dagon

Special thanks to Liat & Nir for giving us their consent to reenact the work.

The work was co-produced by Centre National de la Danse – Paris, and Grand Theatre – Groningen, and was assisted by the Israeli Lottery Fund for Arts and Culture.

Other performances of Israeli Week:

MNEMOSYNE | Kamea Dance Company | 30 August, 19:00

CARMINA BURANA | Kamea Dance Company | 31 August, 19:00

GULIWER | Zvi Sahar PuppetCinema | 1 September, 19:00

MEMO | performance art | 3 September, 19:00