In the Covid era, we’ve become accustomed to communicating through digital media based on images of heads and faces with a likeness to ancient busts. Disruptions happen often, separating sound from image, deteriorating our sense of wholeness. Hybrid situations cause time lapses. Within this reality, we ask what is happening to our sense of being and our longing for eternity? How does it affect our relationships and our human communication?
Choreography: Iris Erez Dancers/Co-creators: Michal Arad, Ruth Valensi, Iris Erez Music: Gai Sherf Light Design and Artistic advice: Noa Elran Costume Design: Rosie Canaan Production: Sigal Dahan
The digital version of the piece premiered as an original production at Machol Shalem Dance Week 2020
Thanks to Maya Weinberg, Anat Shamgar, Eran Melkman, Elad Vazana and Merchav Kaden.
Thank you for your guidance, support, scholarship, and deep listening in the crafting of this work. Thank you for your partnership and our community.
Nina Simone for your courageous life, your ministry, and your commitment to freedom, justice, and humanity.
Co-Production of MASH Dance House, Jerusalem. This work is made possible in part through the support of the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest in San Francisco and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.
Additional Support by Ellen Lippman and Steve Rosenberg.
Based on the site-specific work”self ritual’ we try to reengage self-images that once were made as an honor for the great and now are the base for communication through social medias. Especially nowadays, during the Covid- 19 era, we are communicating through digital media based on headshots only (equivalent to the ancient busts). Disruptions happen often, separating sound form image, deteriorating our sense of wholeness. Hybrid situations cause time lapses. Within this reality we are asking what is happening to our sense of being and our longing for eternity and how does it affect our relationships and our human communication?
The piece premiered as part of the Mash Dance week 2020
Choreography: Iris Erez
Dancers Co creators:: Michal Arad, Ruth Valensi, Iris Erez, Sound: Gai Sherf Lighting: Noa Elran Camrea:Yaniv Linton
Costume Design: Rosie Canaan
Production: Sigal Dahan
Thanks Yagur Gotin and Lotem Rosen for their generosity.
Many thanks for Elad Vazana Yaniv Mintzer & Eran Melkman for the amazing support
Thanks for the “Merchav” for being a home for us. and thanks so much Mash for letting us fly
In this project Iris is aiming to search the option of dancing the space, making the actual body vibrate its surrounding, becoming an environmental body. In doing so to question our ability to resist our environment, surrender to it and change it. What is between utopia and dystopia in the actual dancing body? In the gap between the will to move “out of here” and the will to move “from here” maybe lies the possibility to create a change (in Hebrew: “to dance a change”) in a deep sense.
Choreography: Iris Erez
Performers: Maya Tamir, Or Ashkenazy, Zuki Ringheart, Gal Gurfong, Kim Taitelbaum, Tamar Kisch,Yuval Gal, Yarin Yossef, Mica Kupfer, Shira Marek, Sivan Sheltzer, Matan Taufik, Dina Meir, Lihi vegemister, Tama Castel, Yael Idan, Tamar Binyamini, Yair Barabash, Hagar Dromi, Noga Alper, Lital Ozanovich, Idit Maimon, Roni Kagan, Roni Ben Hemo, Sharon Barbakov, Shahar Goldberg, Yael, Amit.
Music: The Knife/Local artists
Music Director: Matan Daskal
The work premiered at the Bat Yam International Festival of Street, Theater and Art 2018 and in collaboration with Heaven and Earth Festival 2018
It is part of the residency program of Tights: Dance & Thought residency program and Kelim Center Residency program 2018.
In an undisciplined reality, two women explore the possibilities of constant change and plurality in their bodies; through the use of both empathy and alienation, they try to neutralize existing processes and touch the possibility of singularity.
Choreography: Iris Erez
Performers: Iris Erez/Sharon Zukerman Weiser and Tamar Lamm
Artistic advice: Sharon Zuckerman Weiser
Sound: Karni Postel and Tom Darom
Music: Sinead O’connor
Costume Design: Tami Lebovits
Light Design: Omer Shizaf
The piece was created in cooperation with Inbal Aloni
Premiered at the international dance week Produced by Machol Shalem, Jerusalem, 2013
“Iris Erez brings to her work the same sincerity and no beautifying aggressiveness that she got from Yasmeen Godder, but creates her own style that I would describe as wild, kicking, unraveled….
Lam and Erez are great dancers. Their movement seems at the same time loose but also violent…The disharmony, the primal listening to the body, the supposedly lack of interest in what is designed creates an interesting whole…the directed unraveled quality is its beauty.” (Ruth Eshel, Ha’aretz, 12.2.2014)
“First Body Many…deals with femininity in times of change. From watching it arises a feeling of intimacy and extreme exposure….”(shir hacham, 20.1.14)
As one who moved from the city to the village, from the beach to the mountain, from the bubble to the borderline, from singlehood to motherhood – I wish to discover how does space influence me and how does it make me who I am.
What is in between geography, demography topography and the private body?
Is one indeed nothing but “the imprint of his native landscape”? As Shaul Tchernichovsky’s poem suggests.
Choreography and Performance: Iris Erez
Dramaturgy: Sharon Zuckerman Weizer
Light and Object Design: Noa Elran
Object production: Gili Gudiano-Matilda Studio
Sound Design: Ophir Gal-Sofa Sound
The song performed by Maya Belzitsman & Matan Efrat with the courtesy of Lilian Shutz
Costume: Vivi Ben Ezra-Enki by Vivi
Production: Sigal Dahan
Thanks to Noam Malamud, Ella Ben Zvi, Efrat Nataniel, Academy of Music & Dance Jerusalem, Amnon &ahuva Erez, Pnina Vazana, Ram Gabay, Elad Vazana
premiered at the Diver Festival 2016
From the Press
“It is one of her best works in which the show comes together in an open and graceful manner, which are translated physically into maturity and independence that move her choreography forward.” Ora Brafman, Dancetalk
“Local /Not easy by Iris Erez: It has a magnetizing effect….very direct, very Israeli” (Ruth Eshel, Haaretz)
In an age where the private and the public are entangled and the self is in search of endless representations, the body is on the threshold of disappearance. Within landscapes of disembodiment a man and a woman examine the possibility of intimacy and the ability of the body to remain present.
Music: Goldbergs variations/ Johan Sebastian Bach played by Glenn Gould, Princes(Feat.Tinchy Stryder)/ Gang
Light Design:Omer Sheizaf
Costume Design: Rosalind Noctor
Photographer: Gadi Dagon
Coproduction: Center Choreographique National de Rillieux-la-Pape under the artistic direction of Yuval Pick
The work premiered at the Curtain Up Festival 2014 under the Artistic Direction of Itzik Giuli
The creation enjoyed the support of the Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts
From the press
” I’ll Be Right Back, choreographed by Iris Erez, and performed by Ayala Frenkel and Ofir Yudilevitch is a funny, tender work that examines myriad relationships. In movement and text, Ofir and Ayala both deliver a compelling performance that instantly draws one in, together and apart they are wonderful to watch…a diverse and imaginative array of bodies coming together in different combinations of connection and mis-connection conveys the complexities of relationships in a way that is at once very entertaining, yet nuanced and replete with associations.” (Ayelet Dekel, Midnight east)