Contemporary dance performance "When love walked in" / Yossi Berg & Oded Graf (Israel)
Concept & choreography: Yossi Berg & Oded Graf
Creating performers: Ofri Mantell, Tal Adler Arieli, Yossi Berg
Musical advice & original score: Nadav Barnea
Costumes: Ilanit Shamia
Lights: Omer Shizaf
Artistic Adviser: Rachel Erdos
Outside Eye: Ran Brown, Nava Zuckerman, Nir Segal
Supported by: Rabinovich Foundation, The Lottery Council for Arts, Tel Aviv Municipality, The Ministry of Culture
Location: Hall of Palanga’s Kurhaus (Grafų Tiškevičių alėja 1, Palanga)
Duration: 65 min. Total duration: 90 min (no intermission)
*Corner of the critics
“The best party in town is actually a dance show…” – Gili Izakovich, Ha`aretz
“Here is a piece that loves its audience. That embraces it. It’s real with you in its love. It gives you three performers; shy, cunning, charismatic, sharp, dashing, awkward, aging, young, younger. It lets you see them. It lets you see them in their love of dance (love that can be a real bitch).
It is cute without trying, it is melodious without being obnoxious, it sings without worrying about being a singer, it is cool in its complete disregard for cool. It is a dance party that you don’t have to dress up for, that you don’t have to have any special moves for, that you can walk out of in love.” – Ori Lenkinski, Creative Writing / Jerusalem Post
“A work that pinches the heart” – Idit Suslik, The Contemporary Eye
“A fresh and original work … words, melody and physicality blend together, bursting out of the body intensely in order to scream, to peel away all the over used images of love, in order to scratch and etch and reach life itself …The words, the singing and the movement return to the source of emotion and break into each other with great sincerity and perhaps this is the essence and the power of the work” – Ruth Eshel, IsraelDance
“There is something simple and beautiful in the work “When Love Walked In”. Its power is in the interpretation it gives to the eternal question “What is love?” The result is a praise song for the arts – poetry, cinema, dance and the physical experience of the body.” – Anat Zechariah, Yediot Achronot
The gap between the way love is presented in culture and the way it is experienced by individuals is the basis and inspiration for Berg and Graf’s new dance-musical-performance. The work is constructed as a series of short stories connected by a body that is in search of intimacy. Three people oscillate between personal nostalgia and collective memory, sing and dance to fill the gap between their inner world and the one outside. The past wanders around the space like a ghost, putting on and taking of the shape of songs that haunt you, and of bodies whose tangible memory has been imprinted on you.
In this new piece, as in their previous works, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf continue their exploration of the essence of what it means to be human – to love, to get excited, to fail, to dream, to long for something, to belong and to be estranged. They would like to surface that which is evasive and undefined, and whose edges only art can touch.
Yossi Berg & Oded Graf are choreographers, dancers, artistic directors, and founders of the International group Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre. They established their group in 2005 after having successful individual careers with companies including Batsheva Dance Company and DV8 Physical Theatre and have built a reputation for creating supremely physical, provocative, and poignant dance works. Their company tours extensively in prestigious festivals around the world including Montpellier Danse, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater NYC, DansensHus Stockholm, SIDance South Korea, to name but a few; they create for opera houses and won numerous choreography awards. Yossi & Oded offer new ways of looking at dance and exploring performance. They have been selected artists by Aerowaves in European, Ballet Master Albert Gaubier’s Foundation in Denmark, The Schusterman Foundation in the U.S.; and received Israel's Ministry of Culture Award for Outstanding Choreographers and the Rosenblum Prize for Artistic Excellence in the Performing Arts. The choreographers’ rich repertory includes 10 evening length works and many short works. The company was featured in the movie LET’S DANCE! for ARTE channel and in various publications including The “Weizmann International Magazine of Science” and “The New York Times”. In addition to their company activity, since 2020 Oded Graf is the artistic director of the ‘Curtain Up’ festival and Yossi Berg is artistic director of The Danceworkshop Gaaton. They teach extensively around the world, focusing on the next generation of dancers. Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre is a NPO that operates for the promotion and diffusion of the art of dance; it responds to the social realities of contemporary life, inspires deeper reflection, and offers hope and beauty.
Photo: Efrat Mazor