At the beginning, there are clues. A hammer of massive proportions. A huge Succah resembling a transparent elevator, billowing smoke. A stairway rising skyward, leading nowhere.
Nava Frenkel is an artist who combines clues. She likes to throw her audience into chaos, and to then rescue it with humor and sophistication. She doesn’t want you to understand everything immediately. Understanding requires language, and learning a new language requires thinking in a new way. “GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND ON AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH” is a poetic and witty work, a humorous performance for two actors and a hammer. Frenkel’s unique aesthetics, and the huge stage sets, create a new and exciting world, a magnifying glass of human existence. Nava’s new work takes its name from Archimedes, combining scientific, physical validity, with an unabashed hope for the impossible. She wanders with the inevitable failure of institutionalized leadership, pointing out the paradox of the relationship between the public and its point of stability, and, through acts of promise and disappointment, liberty and law, concealed and fatigued, she invests active, daily work in the process of seeing things as they are.