Opening Season 18-19
HaZira — Performance Art Arena
at Zik Studio: Hemed junction, Beit Nekofa
Zik Group was established in 1985 by artists (mostly Bezalel graduates). Over the years, Zik developed a unique and distinctive artistic language in the landscape of Israeli art and performance. The group’s oeuvre includes sculptural performances, installations, performances, and video works, created in Israel and abroad.
Since the group moved to its current studio at Beit Nekofa Industrial Area in the early 2000s, the studio operated as a studio and workshop for the group's work. The studio also served as a platform for unforgettable performances created especially for studio space including kokozo (2009), Kepler – sculptural action (2010), Zik tracks (2011), Mysterium Cosmography (2012), and others. With its various uses, the space grew and evolved from project to a project, forming a unique sculptural architecture in the style characteristic of the group and its singular aesthetics.
The collaboration between HaZira and Zik was launched with Autumn Cult 2017 and with the production of the show Monkeys at the Israel Festival 2018. This year, not only will the entire Autumn Cult take place in the group's studio, it will open with a new and exciting project by the group that does not rest for a moment. In ReThink, Zik Group reflects on the state of things. It is a series of pictures, sculptures, materials, and movement, and an opportunity to see the studio in action.
The audiovisual show from the ephemeral production house Excessive Productions, which has unraveled eye tissue throughout Europe, returns in a new guise and imposes post-epileptic terror on the space of Zik. WACKELKONTAKT deconstruct their selfhood – and yours, transporting it to a delightful, triggering, disturbing, and exhilarating sensory experience, introducing questions concerning the link between physical presence and controlled consciousness. In the show, created especially for the festival, the trio’s prolific collaboration with artist of illusions and characters Dana Tkach will be reactivated, on all of its potential and absurdity.
The project WACKELKONTAKT comes from Excessive Productions pseudo-cultural umbrella organization. It is co-managed by Tomer Damsky, Eyal Lally Bitton and Marco Milevski Tomasin, who since 2014 have been sharing an apartment that is a technical and emotional support space for hundreds of local cultural practitioners and a haven for licensing and safety personnel. Sound, lighting, and space serve the collective as raw materials in the creation of objects that exert activating power on the viewer and criticize themselves and the outside world. Through the aesthetics of excess, multiplicity, intensity and unearthing mechanisms, the three examine physical energy as a driving force and its impact on the viewing experience.
“For me, WACKELKONTAKT is a space that allows the truth to be uncovered, a little piece at a time” (Wolfgang Tillmans)
(WACKELKONTAKT is an invitation for expanded brain activity” (Pan Daijing"
Drums, electronics, technical management, and hair design: Marco Milevski Tomasin. Visuals, electronics, energy management, and image design: Eyal Lally Bitton. Songs, electronics, production management, and vocal arrangement: Tomer Damsky. Spiritual duplication, character design, and action in space: Dana Tkach. Reception: Amos Peled. Spiritual-artistic consultation: Amir Meir. Dermatology, office management, and overseas booking: Pagit barzel
Boaz Beja Gilad
Pit is a stage painting and a ritual of transformations, a performance of images about images. It is also an opera of clashes between the physical and the metaphysical: A theatre of inversions where the backstage (with its people, materials, and methods) claim its right to challenge historical hierarchy, encroaching and taking over center stage – as a site of artistic and magical struggle and occurrence. In the hands of performers-stagehands, a sculptural-performative act emerges, in which the body, the material, and the mechanism serve as the foundations of a metaphysical state: A space where a real-time image takes shape – an abstract, imaginary, multifaceted, and resonant concept. This space, in return, offers its own rapid extinction, the withdrawal of the abstract space for the renewed realization of the material, the mechanism, the real.
Boaz Beja Gilad engages in a poignant dialogue with the world of art, theatre, and opera. The human body simultaneously surrenders itself, rebels against, and is subjugated to it. This sets in motion a mutual expansion and invasion of the individual-personal space and collective space – culture, history, aesthetics. Pit is a tumultuous and animated stage world, with its politics and internal power struggles – struggles that emerge from humor along with unflinching seriousness.
The piece was debuted as Boaz graduate project at 2018 Finale of the School of Visual Theatre.
The work of Boaz Beja Gilad. On stage: Nir (Mishka) Ish Shalom, Reut Sheibe, Shahar Pollak, Kai Rothschild. Sound: Amir Meir
In the twilight, dusk brings to the fore anxiety.
Color is a place. A screen of light and warmth. Inside it, natural forces and textures: light temperatures, a subterranean quality. The search for the origin of the movement passes through words and climate and sets in motion a common, repetitive action. A process of stacking, various forms of intensity, and a joint attempt to distill movement in order to pinpoint a feeling. The desire to be in one thing gives rise to a uniform and stubborn physicality. The cold movement is balanced with the heat of the straining body and discovers a way through the intermediate realms.
Where the Sun Sets is a Spartan and quiet duet of a fascinating and powerful creator. In the delicate connection between the visual and the physical, she conjures up an all-encompassing stage world. The performance of Nina Traub and Meshi Olinki reflects Traub’s way of working, in which physicality composed of method, structure, and order is practiced in an extensive, exploratory process. The movement is ingrained, the images and the physical performance merge into one. Where the Sun Sets was debuted as Traub’s final project at 2017 Finale of the School of Visual Theatre.
Kushelirabak moves with subtle and sophisticated smoothness between a world of folktale to forest karaoke, between what seems like a surprising hybrid of women’s empowerment circles to anger management workshop. This is performance-theatre, a ritual, and an event that could easily move to the realms of regret: a nocturnal picnic that could only exist on stage, where the slippage between truth and lie can marry filth and holiness, reject them and at the same time mean them with absolute earnestness.
Nurit Dreamer is a young and fascinating artist who creates questionable realities in her works. She virtuously orchestrates a rich, colorful, and surprising stage world, which can merge not only differences but opposites: truth and lie, success and failure, entertainment and philosophy. The transition between these is constructed and carried out as a skillful and aesthetic mechanism that ties together the most absurd with the real and the concrete – two desirable, necessary and intolerable situations. Kushelirabak was debuted as Dreamer's final project at 2018 Finale of the School of Visual Theatre and invites you to get to know and show support for uncompromising creators and performers.
Created by Nurit Dreamer Creators-performers: Ilil Nathan and Danielle Shapira
I hereby inform you that once you turn 30, you will lose your mind. Like it or not, the destruction is immediate. The deficiency can be detected on almost all levels.
First, you will have to see everything as though for the first time. Attach definitions to beliefs, beliefs to emotions, and emotions to people. Distinguish one truth from another. See as a default. Only then you will be able to start walking. Over time, the ability to speak will return, but by then, the meaning of words would have changed. You will have to learn the language anew. Again. A new language, for a new man. Who was just born, in my lost mind…”
A spectacular performance-monologue in its simplicity and sophistication, Open Heart Surgery was debuted as Banai’s final project in the 2017 Finale of the School of Visual Theatre. Banai is a creator-performer who has absolute mastery of his performance tools, which he radically distills. The outcome is an eloquent performance of a conceptual-stage move, a virtuoso juggling act of an existential philosophical arrangement. A ruthless introspective reckoning or a mental court martial.
Created and performed by: Itamar Banai
Premiere produced by HaZira and the School of Visual Theatre
kotz ba is a new premiere by Tamar Oosterhof (Israel / Netherlands). It is a collagist theatre of images that takes on the disassembly and assembly of visual and mental stage images, in an attempt to appraise the distances between belonging and alienation, between place and artistic action.
Tamar Oosterhof is a unique director-designer, whose artistic language stands out in its ability to walk the very fine line between theatre and visual art, or between image and action.
On stage, she creates sequences of hybridized images. In a stage collage the natural merges with the impossible: childlike innocence with political aggressiveness, violence with tenderness, the existing and quoted (ready-made) with the fabricated and imagined. Finally, the stage also brings together highly personal, reflexive expressions with a poignant look at culture and its kaleidoscopic disintegration into subcultures. With the artificial action of disassembling, editing, and reassembling the images, Tamar tries to uncover truths, even when these emerge as tiny, yet powerful, fragments.
Coproduction of HaZira and School of Visual Theatre. With: Charlotte Mathiessen, Yoel Israeli, Sahar Kazes. Mask: Ofir Levi Pirush The singing group "Kolot Shalovim" Tzur Hadassa Conductor: Tzvi Sherf.
Ofer Laufer is an artist who moves almost seamlessly between his work as a lighting designer, space and objects designer, and creating sculptures and installations in the public space. His work takes place in the space between object, light, action and environment, and is characterized by lyrical precision and tenderness alongside urban brutality, vandalism, and industrialism. The poetics that stems from the intersection of these forces is embodied in a performance of light images and objects that act in subversion against and for the environment in which they exist.
For Autumn Cult he will create a new piece that will take place in the courtyard of Zik Studio between 10-13.10, titled Light Pit. This is the third installment in a series of pits, the first Where There Is Simplicity, in collaboration with Ayala Frenkel (Bat Yam International Art and Theatre Street Festival 2017), and the second was Here It Comes (as part of Night Light 2017).
The Autumn Cult is over but the SVT Performance Conference 0:7 is just beginning!
You are welcome to enter the link and check the abundance of performances. The school of visual theater is a joint organization of the HaZira We invite you all to take part in our exciting open season events!
חברי הנהלת העמותה:
עזרי לוי (יו״ר), שמוליק כהן, גלעד לביאן, יואל מקוב, חנה יולזרי, איציק הרמן.
צוות הזירה הבינתחומית:
מנהל אמנותי ומנכ״ל: עמית דרורי
מנהלת תכניות: שגית צור
מנהלת הפקה: קרין לדרמן
מנהל טכני: דדי נדה
שיווק ופרסום: נועה גמליאל
מכירות: סהר קלאר
מדיה דיגיטלית: גליה עיני
הפקה: בתאל דותן
צוות טכני: דניאל גמליאלי, אמיר מאיר, עינב רוזוליו, זקי קוואסמי
תומכים: משרד התרבות, עירית ירושלים, הקרן לירושלים, מועצת הפיס לתרבות ואמנות, קרן לוין, אאוטסט, קרן ברכה.
For tickets and further detail:
Zik Studio: Hemed junction, Beit Nekofa (further directions on site)
Waze directions: Beit Nekofa