International Videodance Festival 2010


Quiet by Arkadi Zaides/Photo: Gadi Dagon

The International Videodance Festival 2010 will take place May 25 – 27 as part of the Israel Festival in Jerusalem. Festival Artistic Director Guy Gutman, multi-media artist and director of the School of Visual Theater, is co-curating with Avi Feldman, founder of the festival. This event is a part of the “Under the Mountain” events sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation as a preview for The Jerusalem Season of Culture to be launched in 2011.

Featuring the works of Israeli and international artists, the festival seeks to expand the concept of combining video and dance, encouraging works that challenge the usual artistic methods and approach and examine the relationship of artist – work – audience. The festival will include dance, performance, theatre, video and plastic arts dealing with questions of body, identity, movement, public and private space, documentation and fiction. Workshops and discussion panels will also be part of the daily events and in the evening there will be dance and theatre performances, with two programs each evening at 19:00 and 21:00.

Some highlights of the festival events:

Stage performances
A selection from Quiet by Arkadi Zaides a co-production of Arts Station Foundation Poznan, Poland. Music: Tom Talalim Performers: Muhammed Mugrabi and Ofir Yudelevitch

Do Animals Have Memory by Amit Drori (director) and Guy Saraf (music). An audio-visual ping-pong, music inspired by mechanical objects, digital nature and imaginary landscapes, which in turn inspired objects.

Dalia by Danielle Agami, performed by dancers of the Batsheva Ensemble.

Additional performances: Iris Erez, Noa Eshkol, Tal Grabinski, Tami Leibovitch, Daniel Landau, Renana Raz and Ofer Amram, Meytal Raz, Inbal Pinto.

Renana Raz and Ofer Amram in Motel/Photo: Orion Zidel and Yossi Gamzu-Letova

Videodance from Israel will include works by: Lior Avitsur and Or Marin, Lee Lorian, Inbar Ben Ishay, Tal Grabinsky and Joeboy, Osnat Wald and Efrat Rubin, Roey Efrat and Adam Kalderon, Adi Lagziel, Shahar Brown, Ma’ayan Moses, Inbal Aloni, Yael Ashri and Rafat Hatab.

The international videodance program includes three films by Pierre Coulibeuf: the first an encounter, as a director, with the choreographer Jan Fabre, the second film centers on the work process of choreographer Meg Stuart, and the third is with the Icelandic dancer Erna Omarsdottir. Guido van der Werve, a respected Amsterdam artist whose works focus on performance, will be represented by two films: twee Nummer which combines performance with narrative, and the second combines music, text and images as repeating elements.

Forward Motion, a special project of the British Council, co-produced with South East Dance, presents a collection of select screen dance works from England and interviews with choreographers.

And You Dance is an exhibit open to the public throughout festival opening hours. Among the artists, designers and choreographers working on the border of dance and the visual arts are: Iris Erez, Noa Elran, Einat Amir, Tal Brimer, Natali Dvir, Amit Drori, Itzhak Itzhaki, Noa Eshkol, Ariela Plotkin, Oded Rimon – Zik Group, Gal Naor, and students of the School of Visual Theater.


Waiting Rooms by Tal Brimer/Photo: Yuval Chai

Discussion Forums, Meetings with Artists and Movement Workshops include:
A panel discussion on May 26, at 12:30 to mark the launching of the new arts journal, Maakaf. Maakaf is an online journal that offers a new unique concept on the contemporary Israeli arts scene: multi-disciplinary treatment of different art forms with a performance element – dance, theatre, interdisciplinary works, installations and plastic arts, with an emphasis on experimental works. Maakaf is a non-profit venture that will not seek to categorize or criticize, but to create, initiate, raise questions, inspire and create a culture of artistic dialogue. The panel discussion will examine the connection between artist and audience in performance related forms, including video-dance. The participants will be Ran Brown, Guy Gutman, Oren Laor and Noa Shadur.

Dance notation workshop with Noa Eshkol

Gaga workshop with Danielle Agami

“Why Move” A panel discussion with Niv Sheinfeld, Iris Erez, and Guy Gutman.

“Blast Theory” A workshop and lecturewith guest artist Matt Adams from England. Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media saturated world in which popular culture rules, using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us.

Video viewing stands will be operate throughout the day and after 19:00 there will be “continuing performances” in the different spaces of the building – performances by creative artists unbound by time or location.

The International Videodance Festival 2010 is produced by The School of Visual Theater and sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation, the British Council BI ARTS (British Israeli Arts Training Scheme) program for cultural exchange, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Sport.

The International Videodance Festival will take place May 25 – 27, from 12:30 – 23:00.
The School for Visual Theater, 4 Yad Harutzim Street, 4th floor, Talpiyot, Jerusalem.
Tickets and information: 02-6733435, ext. 2 (Talia) between 9:00 – 15:30.


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