CLIMAX, Yasmeen Godder (IL)

5.10.2014 / 18:00 – 21:00 / MNAC
dance performance / 180’

Choreography: Yasmeen Godder
Co-Artistic Director and Dramaturgy: Itzik Giuli
Creating Performers: Shuli Enosh, Dor Frank, Yuli Kovbasnian, Uri Shafir, Edu Turull-Montells and Ofir Yudilevitch
Costumes: Adam Kalderon
Spatial Sound Design: Eran Sachs
Photography: Gadi Dagon
Administration and Production:  Guy Hugler
CLIMAX was originally commissioned by The Petach Tikva Museum of Art for Set in Motion Curated by  Drorit Gur Arie and Avi Feldman.

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A performance presented with the support of the Embassy of Israel and MNAC.

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Since her return from New York fifteen years ago, Yasmeen Godder has been one of the most outstanding choreographers in Israel. She works with artist and dramaturge Itzik Giuli, and is known for her collaborations with visual artists. When Godder was approached by the curators Drorit Gur-Arie and Avi Feldman in regards to creating a new work for the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, as part of the exhibition Set in Motion; Dance-Art-Community,   she decided to go back to her archive of works, revisit them and begin by questioning what could be identified as a finger-print within these physical and emotional materials; what is their genealogy? How did they evolve? And how cans this lexicon of movement be transformed into a series of slogans, gestures and expressions which may define a community? Using this reflexive hindsight- a gaze which is not retrospective by essence, nor strives to reconstruct earlier works, brought forth an intense process of de-contextualization, in which she extracted physical, emotional, communal, spatial, and conceptual peaks.  By using tools such as repetitions, unison and groups tasks, not typical for her work, she echoes these peaks in new and surprising ways.  CLIMAX blurs the boundary between performers and audience and allows for new performative engagements to occur as they travel trough intimacy, provocation, force and complicity.

Yasmeen is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Bessie Award in New York, the Israeli Ministry of Cultural Affairs’ “Choreographers Award”, the Landau Prize for Excellence in Arts from the Pais Foundation and many more. To date Yasmeen has created ten full evening-length works: Hall (2001), Sudden Birds (2002) Two Playful Pink (2003), Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder (2004), I’m Mean, I Am (2006), Singular Sensation (2008) Love Fire (2009), Storm End Come (2011) See Her Change (2013) and most recently Ghost Exercise, together with her long-term partner and co-artistic director Itzik Giuli. She has also created shorter works, including Under2 (2005) for Matanicola Company, and The Toxic Exotic Disappearance Act (2011) for The Batsheva Dance Company.

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