In the frame of Tel Aviv Dance 2015.
A piece about space and coexistence. That might sound dry, but the piece reveals itself to be a brilliant and biting tour de force about Arab-Israeli sensibilities. Hillel Kogan acts the supposedly empathetic choreographer who must without fail create a duet with an Arab dancer – Adi Boutrous – about the self and the other. Witty and completely politically incorrect, Kogan’s work goes straight to the heart of national and religious identities, clichés and prejudices. It feels like a comedy, leaving not even dearly held artistic attitudes unscathed. “I feel how my body enjoys the space which is around it, and I feel that the space, as well, enjoys my body,” the choreographer muses during the research process, which is at the same time an occupation of the space. Kogan and Boutrous provocatively ask what binds Arabs and Israelis together. It’s so self deprecating, irreverent and direct that it makes something very hard to do – living together – seem easy.
Born in 1974, Kogan got his training in the Bat-Dor Dance and Merce Cunningham studios, and danced with Batsheva, the Swiss company Nomades and the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal. He quickly found his partner in dancer and choreographer Boutros. “He was my dance student a few years ago, and he is the only Arab dancer I know in Israel.” Kogan also works as Ohad Naharin’s assistant and as rehearsal director for Batsheva.
By: Hillel Kogan
Performed by: Adi Boutrous, Hillel Kogan
Music: Kazem Al Saher, W.A.Mozart
Lighting Designer: Uri Rubinstein
Premiere: Intimadance festival, Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv, 2013
Costumes: Evelyn Terdiman
Artistic Advisors: Inbal Yaacobi, Rotem Tashach