Yossi Berg & Oded Graf to Premiere Eleven in Culturescapes Festival

Eleven by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf/Photo: Kristian Breitenbach

Israeli choreographers Yossi Berg and Oded Graf are currently creating a new work at the Tanzkompanie Theater in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where it will premiere on October 28, 2011 as part of the Culturescapes Festival. Culturescapes is a multidisciplinary festival that explores the contemporary cultural landscape of one country. This year’s focus is on Israeli, and for the first time, Culturscapes is also holding a parallel festival in Israel. While Israeli audiences have been enjoying the work of Swiss dancers, musicians and other performers, Israeli artists, such as Berg and Graf, have been creating and performing in Switzerland.

Berg and Graf’s new work is called Eleven. Created for a cast of eleven dancers, the piece embodies the essence of cultural exchange in its international cast that includes dancers from Spain, France, Argentina, Germany, Columbia, Sweden and Switzerland. As the dance has been created on site in St. Gallen, I have not yet seen the work, but the description is very intriguing:

You have 10 minutes to leave your house. What do you take? – Your photo album? Your hamster? Your laptop? Money?

In Eleven, eleven people are confronted with the fact that the Apocalypse is imminent or has perhaps already occurred. Yossi Berg and Oded Graf have developed a piece that deals with the feelings of loss of control and the desire for stability.

Looking forward to seeing Eleven come to Israel in the future! Until then, there is a video from rehearsals: