Last updated January 13th 2016
Paint come to life, the dancers move, creating startling shapes and fascinating configurations. There is a dream path through this universe, floating on sound and image, one watches, mesmerized. Yet this is only one path of many. Bound between the white walls of the gallery are seemingly endless associations and ways of viewing. Wallflower emerges as one of Pinto and Pollak’s most powerful pieces, it feels like an artistic collaboration with the universe.
Created within the Sculpture Gallery of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Inbal Pinto Avshalom Pollak Dance Company premiered Wallflower for an all too brief run in the summer of 2014. This striking work is performed with live music by Umitaro Abe, Mayu Gonto, and Hirofumi Nakamura, who composed it onsite as the work was created in 2014. Wallflower is back, as are the musicians from Japan, and I strongly urge anyone who loves dance, and anyone who does not love dance to see Wallflower – it’s an experience of total immersion in fantasy, color, music, movement and imagination!
Wallflower. The ones who are not dancing, the ones who disappear, shrink into the background, become invisible. Or is it something that emerges from the wall, opening, blossoming, divulging its secrets? Perhaps it is a question of the observer, if there is someone looking, then what is hidden may be revealed.
When the walls in question are the walls of a museum, anything is possible.
Read about the evolution of the work, and my studio interview with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak from July 5, 2014 here; and read the full review of Wallflower from July 22, 2016 here. Or don’t read. But do go see Wallflower!
Friday, February 2, 2016 at 14:00 and 21:00; Saturday, February 6th at 17:00 and 21:00; Monday, February 8th at 21:00; Thursday, February 11th at 21:00, Friday, February 12th at 14:00; Saturday, February 13th at 17:00 and 21:00.
Tickets are 170 NIS/135 NIS (students, seniors, soldiers) and may be purchased at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art box office: 03-6077020.
Choreographers, Costumes and set design: Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak; Lighting designer: Yoann Tivoli; Composing and musical performance: Umitaro Abe, Mayu Gonto, Hirofumi Nakamura; Textile and co-costumes designer: Moriel Dezaldeti; Co-costumes designer: Rinat Aharonson; Sewing: Ela Givol, Rosalind Noctor; Rehearsal Manager: Dina Ziv; Performers (original cast): Avidan Ben Giat, Zvi Fishzon, Noga Harmelin, Cordelia Lange, Mayumu Minakawa, Mirai Moriyama, Andrea Martini, Stav Struz, Tom Weksler, Gil Shachar; Production coordinator: Keren Yuval; Master carpenter: Gilad Bonneau; Lighting: Oren Elimelech; Sound: Asaf Ashkenazy; Wardrobe: Ela Givol