(Oren Laor and Noga Golan in the “Interlude” from Duets; photo by Gadi Dagon)
(This podcast was initially produced for Israel Seen, and the text is amended from my writing there and on The Winger. You can subscribe to this podcast using the iTunes software by clicking on “Podcasts (RSS)” at the top of this website or following this link to the podcast feed.)
Among the many choreographers premiering work at this year’s Curtain Up Festival are Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor. With Niv’s background in dance and Oren’s training in theater – and with the special synergy between them – their work has the power to probe the depths of human relationships and prompt laughter at the lighter moments of life. In the pair’s Curtain Up 2008 offering, Post-Martha, they tackle Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with their trademark dramatic flair, communicative skill, and choreographic honesty.
I hadn’t been in Israel very long when I first saw Niv and Oren’s Duets last fall, but even after many months and many, many more concerts, this piece remains one of my favorites. I immediately thought of this collaborative team when I started planning for my podcast, and I was thrilled when Niv and Oren agreed to be my first interview subjects last winter.
Like true Tel Aviv-ians, we met at a cafe for an engaging chat in January 2008. We discussed Niv’s training in dance and Oren’s background in theater, their collaborative creative process, and their choreographic treatment of relationships and gender issues in Duets and Jorona.
To listen my conversation with Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, click on the podcast player above or subscribe to the podcast and download it to iTunes. To see more fantastic photographs and video clips of Niv and Oren’s work, keep reading the post below. And if you are in Israel, you can attend Curtain Up 2 in Tel Aviv (Saturday, December 13) or in Jerusalem (Thursday, December 18) to catch their Post-Martha!
(Video: An excerpt from “Co-Variance,” part of Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor’s Duets)
(Video: An excerpt from Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor’s Jorona)
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(Photographs, clockwise from top left: Niv Sheinfeld and Sivan Gutholtz in “On a Matter of Life or Death” from Duets – photo by Gadi Dagon; Oren Tishler and Ran Ben-Dror in “Co-Variance” from Duets – photo by Gadi Dagon; Post-Martha – photo by Ascaf; Oren Laor and Noga Golan in Jorona – photo by Gadi Dagon)
Related Articles on Dance In Israel
- Curtain Up 6: Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor Host Noa Shadur (about the pair’s latest work, Big Mouth)
- Exploring Israeli Society through Dance at International Exposure 2009 (about Big Mouth)
- Israel’s Curtain Up Festival: “Another Op’ning, Another Show” for Contemporary Dance
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- Renana Raz: Choreographing Israeli Culture and Beyond
- Sahar Azimi Speaks about Choreography and Contemporary Dance
- Shlomit Fundaminsky: A Conversation on Improvisation and Israeli Life
- Noa Dar Discusses Her Dance Career
- Andrea Miller: From Gaga to Gallim Dance
- Interview with Barak Marshall: Dancing between Israel and America