Castle is an intimate duet created in reaction to current political situations and living conditions in many places in the world, but particularly relating to my experience living in Israel for over 10 years. As the cost of living grows people are forced to inhabit smaller spaces and others cannot afford decent housing. Wars are fought over small pieces of land and borders change with the fracturing and forming of national identities. In Castle, the dancers inhabit a 2.5-meter square of fluorescent lights that demarcate their territory. Do walls and borders liberate and protect us or trap us in our own castle? Are we free in our minds, homes, lives, or countries? The work has very simple technical requirements. The lights easily pack up and travel with the performance and the only requirement is connection to electricity and a sound system. The show takes places in a 6.25-meter2 square that is 6.25 square meters large and can be viewed from all sides or frontally. The work is best seen in an intimate environment where the audience is as close as possible to the performers. This work feels a bit like a caravan, bringing our ‘home ‘ to other people’s location. Within this simplistic set up we produce a professional dance performance with a strong aesthetic with offers a unique opportunity to see dance close up and personal.
The work was shown as a solo in: The Accidental Festival 2014, The Roundhouse Camden, London; The Teiva Centre for Music and Alternative Performance, Tel Aviv, Israel; Berlin and Cyprus, Lucky Trimmer Dance Festival. The work was then further commissioned as a duet by Machol Shalem Dance House, Jerusalem, Israel. This version premiered in September 2014 at The Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem and has been performed in The Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel and other venues throughout Israel.
Rachel Erdos is an award-winning independent choreographer born in Newcastle upon Tyne. She received her MA from The Laban Centre London specializing in choreography. For over 10 years she has been living and working in in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her work has been seen around the world including Israel, UK, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, South Africa, Slovakia, China, Denmark, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Senegal, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and The U.S. Her work has been shown in some of the most prestigious venues including The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC and the Royal Opera House London. My works deal with intimacy, looking at complex interpersonal relationships and inner exploration. I aim to make work that is physical, visual and emotive. The seed for each new work usually derives from an emotional stimulus or an aspect of human interaction that I’m currently interested in. I work very collaboratively using the dancers’ input to build material and relying heavily on their physical knowledge and kinesthetic understanding. I work often with composers and visual artists. I tend to work in the way a film director might, as an outside eye, constantly watching and evaluating the process. Current themes in my work include the personal politics of space and borders and issues of intimacy – how it is cultivated between individuals and groups.
Photo by: Uri Rubinstein
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