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May 10 to 11, 2015 / Sun 4 pm, Mon 6 pm
DANCE 2015: Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor
Two Room Apartment
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What does it mean to be a couple? To live together, to work together? What boundaries are drawn and need to be preserved? Where can each be himself, and when is intimacy visible? There are also boundaries within ourselves that serve to hold us back. In 1987, Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal presented their Two Room Apartment as a moving two-hander that changed the face of Israeli dance and became internationally acclaimed. Twenty-five years later, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor – who, like Dror and Ben Gal, were partners in private life as well as on stage – revisited the piece. Sheinfeld & Laor modified this minimalistic study of the boundaries that give our habits and rituals a solid framework as well as impeding and inhibiting our actions – thereby determining our daily lives. They give their version a fascinating new spin and gay makeover.
Born in 1972, Sheinfeld was a dancer with Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal’s company for five years. As a choreographer, he worked for Kibbutz Dance Company and Batsheva, among others. In 2009, he was presented with the Rosenblum Award. He teaches at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem and at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. Together with director and dramaturg Laor, he established the company Sheinfeld & Laor, with which they developed numerous works that went on to tour internationally. Laor, born in 1971, received his education at Tel Aviv University. Since 2009 he has also been a member of Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv.
Niv and Oren imbued the work with their intimate relationship and emotions, and the result is fascinating … Applauds to Niv and Oren for taking a work that was created some 25 years ago, and showing first and foremost how it withstood the test of time, and stayed surprisingly relevant.
Ora Brafman, Dance Talk
In December 2013, Israel Dance Critics’ Circle named Two Room Apartment Best Performance of the Year.
Artist talk: May 10th
Choreographers/dancers: Niv Sheinfeld, Oren Laor
Based on the original dance production by Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror in 1987
Music by Ori Vidislavski (original music), Elton John, Vains of Jenna
Artistic adviser: Keren Levi
Costume designers: Nive Sheinfeld, Oren Laor
Light designer: Netta Koren
Co-production with the Centre National de Danse (Paris) and Grand Theater (Groningen)
World premiere: 2012, Tmuna Theatre, Tel Aviv
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