Dance
Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor You Happy Puppet
Documentation of a rehearsal of a dance production between convention and exaggeration. The choreographers a bit unsure, but determined, the actors perform what they are told: puppets let other puppets dance. It’s a metaphor on a society that has surrendered, having lost its orientation and values.
Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor are touring the world with their extensive repertoire for years. Their work “The Third Dance” just premiered in Tel Aviv and might be a next global success. In Dresden, “You Happy Puppet” will be staged with subsequent discussion.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Tuesday, 21st of May, 8 p.m.
--> Dresden, Societaetstheater, Thursday, 23rd of May, 8 p.m.

1 Tanz You Happy Puppet 1 by Efrat Mazor
You Happy Puppet © Efrat Mazor

Dance Lecture Comedy
Rotem Tashach It's All Good
The setting suggests an evening of stand-up comedy. But “It’s All Good” primarily is a lecture, where Rotem Tashach comments on examples of political stage art, links these with actual political events and thus putting its relevance and effect up to negotiation. Tashach plays with a kind of blasphemous fatalism, characterized by Jewish humor. And he insists that possibly only the dance can save our world. Performance in English.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Tuesday, 21st of May, ca 9.30 p.m.

Dance
Shira Eviatar Eviatar/Said
Once they have been deconstructed, Yemeni folk dances and rituals exhibit a stunningly diverse vocabulary of movement. Rearranged they grow into a surprising and unique version of contemporary dance, being strangely foreign and likewise associative, full of dignity and touching seriousness. Shown in Leipzig and Chemnitz in a double feature with Shira Eviatar’s "Rising“.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Wednesday, 22nd of May, 8 p.m.
--> Chemnitz, Komplex, Friday, 24th of May, 8 p.m.

Dance
Shira Eviatar Rising
Two female bodies adapt festive dances from Morocco and Yemen. With every movement and every emotion they reveal a deep cultural rooting which has literally been implanted into their bodies. Without even mentioning it, the choreography underlines the - in this case - sensual struggle of young women for respect and equal rights. In Leipzig with subsequent background talk.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Wednesday, 22nd of May, ca 8.50 p.m.
--> Chemnitz, Komplex, Friday, 24th of May, ca 8.50 p.m.
--> Dresden, Societaetstheater, Sunday, 26th of May, 8 p.m.

4 Tanz Rising 4 by Tamar Lamm
Rising © Tamar Lamm

Dance
Iris Erez Local/not easy
Tumbling and jumping, breathing and squeaking the choreographer tells from the changes in her life. She had moved from the city to the village, from the ocean to the mountains, from the bubble to the borderline, and, not least, from a life as a single to double motherhood. Iris Erez tells of strange noises and about wild pigs that constantly reproduce near her village, knowing full well that she is the real invader here. A strongly appealing reflection on geography, topography and demography as well as a reflection on the own body. Performance in English.
--> Leipzig, Theater der Jungen Welt, Thursday, 23rd of May, 8 p.m.
--> Dresden, Societaetstheater, Saturday, 25th of May, 8 p.m.

Dance
Adi Boutrous It's Always Here
Trained bodies are a natural component of Israeli male identity. They are self-assurance as well as status symbol, a signal to the society, always ready to fight, at every place and every time. Following this cliché and likewise deconstructing it, this choreography displays male bodies of remarkable athleticism, with a dance-like elegance, being strong and fragile at the same time, considerate and kindly, in search of contact, balance and reconciliation.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Friday, 24th of May, 8 p.m.

Dance
Roni Chadash Victims & Images
This duet is a kind of female counterdraft to “It's Always Here”. It marvelously complements Adi Boutrous’ work with only implied clichés that appear to be rather associative, like a kind of adjustment variable that is being constantly modified by two virtuoso dancers, playing with cultural images and their possible meaning. Thereby, the content is getting gradually overlapped by the choreographic form. Their figures become personalities, colleagues become accomplices. A celebration of grace, presence and pure dance.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Friday, 24th of May, ca 9 p.m.

7 Tanz Victims & Images 2 by Gloria Matos
Victims & Images © Gloria Matos

Theatre
Yoav Bartel / home made ensemble Shall we dance
The profound and yet highly entertaining play is based on experiences of Israeli soldiers. It’s an evening full of surprising twists, shocking in its consequence. The play and the performer have been awarded several prizes, among them “Best play”, “Best stage performance” and “Best actor”.
Performed in Hebrew. Subtitles in English (and German). In Chemnitz with subsequent background talk.
--> Chemnitz, Komplex, Saturday, 25th of May, 8 p.m.
--> Dresden, Societaetstheater, Sunday, 26th of May, ca 8.50 p.m.

Dance
Uri Shafir Habitat
Two people moving in a confined space near the audience, observing and reacting upon each other. Male bodies acting between the poles of choreography and tangible presence, between competition and trust, between representation and being.
Uri Shafir’s work praises the magic of the moment in which art emerges, when the stage is becoming home, a place inhabited and shared by people.
--> Leipzig, LOFFT - Das Theater, Saturday, 25th of May, 8 p.m.
--> Chemnitz, Komplex, Sunday, 26th of May, 8 p.m.