Two Room Apartment

2014 Critics' Pick – TimeOut New York 

"Best Performance of the Year 2013"
– Israeli Dance Critics' Circle

"Powerful and relevant" – The Jerusalem Post

"Partners in life as well as in this intimate work" 
– The Herald Sun

Two Room Apartment brings Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor to the stage for a duet that reflects on their relationship as partners in life and as creators. Both personal and political, the work examines boundaries in various contexts: physical borders such as between territories or between two rooms, but also non-physical borders, such as the one between life and performance, and the boundaries that the individual sets for himself. The work uses a simple dance language and a minimalist aesthetic, and explores the notion of life as a framework in which a precise, almost compulsive repetition of customs and behaviors takes place.

The work suggests a new and contemporary reading to the original performance created by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal that premiered in 1987 in Tel-Aviv. It is considered a milestone in the development of independent Israeli choreography, and it also received impressive international acclaim: the work had won several awards at the time, among them the Bagnolet Competition for Choreography.

Dancemakers presents Two Room Apartment as a part of Spotlight on Israeli Culture, which is in association with the Israel Consulate General of Toronto and Western Canada and the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation.

Thursday, FEB 26 | 8PM
Saturday, FEB 28 | 8PM
Sunday, MAR 1 | 3PM

About the ARTISTS

Niv Sheinfeld (1972) danced for 5 years in the Liat Dror & Nir Ben Gal Dance Company, and for the last 13 years creates as an independent choreographer. Sheinfeld had been creating works for the Kibbutz Dance Company, Bat Sheva Ensemble and others, and received 2 major awards for his work: the choreography award from the Israeli Minister of Arts in 2007, and the prestigious “Rosenblum Award” for performing arts in 2009. Sheinfeld also teaches dance and creation in the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem, Suzanne Dellal center in Tel Aviv and others.

Oren Laor (1971) studied theatre and performance at the Tel Aviv University between 1993-1997. During that time he worked with highly praised theatre directors such as Yvgeny Arye, Edna Shavit, Nola Chilton and others. From 2004 he’s been creating contemporary dance works together with Niv Sheinfeld. Since 2009 Laor is a member of the artistic committee of Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv. In addition, he gives workshops for professional practitioners, combining different methods and techniques of performance and movement exploration.


By and with: Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor
Based on the 1987 dance work by Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror
Music: Ori Vidislavski (original music), Elton John, Vains of Jenna
Artistic advisor: Keren Levi
Costumes: Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor
Lights: Netta Koren
Duration: 50 minutes
Co-production with Centre National de la Danse (Paris) and Grand Theater (Groningen)

Master Class with The Artists

This master class for dancers began with learning movement phrases from their repertoire as a starting point for devising new material. The main focus of the exercises that followed was on the connection between body and imagination, and the suggestion of the mental action as basis justification for every movement — either concrete or abstract. 

The work that was done with the practitioners focused on developing a personal attitude towards physical suggestions. Students exercised transforming given material into their own language of movement, and also were given tasks that helped them generate new material, with the use of such stimuli as music, dramatic situations, kinetics, movement design and spatial sensing as potential sources of movement and partner interaction. 

Friday, FEB 27 | 1-4PM | Photos by Ryan Barnett