Memory and farewell are the central themes in this personal solo performance by Keren Levi. In contrast to most of her other pieces Levi has taken autobiographical material as the starting point. She navigates in between dance and storytelling in a solo piece which she creates and performs herself. She brings to life a multi-faceted and almost, but not quite, gossipy portrait of intimacy and distance within a family. The audience takes a peek in her secret diary and is invited to reflect on the loss of previous generations.
Keren Levi has been working on a series of solo performances called Departing Landscapes since 2018. THERE SHE IS is the most recent incarnation of this work. Departing Landscapes is a work in permanent progress, a wet canvas on which Levi reworks, sculpts, reinterprets, erases, applies and refines the same idea. The piece evolves along with her and becomes richer and more layered because of the time, attention and care she puts into it. For this series Levi asked long-term collaborators dramaturge Igor Dobričić and composer Tom Parkinson to join her on this very personal inquiry.
“… An intimate and honest performance with a clear structure. Levi is a convincing mover, and subtle details immediately attract attention. She also knows how to effortlessly get the viewer involved in her story, one sees the images and landscapes that she sketches. This makes the game with memories, family ties, loss and the realisation of finiteness tangible. ” Theaterkrant
Choreography & performance: Keren Levi Dramaturgy: Igor Dobričić Music: Tom Parkinson Video: Assi Weitz Light: Martin Kaffarnik Photography: Eti Steinberg, Ralf Emilio Management & strategy: Keren levi | NeverLike, Jette Schneider / Transistor Funding & concept development Keren levi | NeverLike, Judith Schoneveld / Transistor Production: Keren Levi | NeverLike Partners / co-producers: Veem House for Performance Amsterdam Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster BAU dance & performance platform Amsterdam Thank you to: Nicole Beutler Projects, Amsterdam
This term comes from a quote by composer Morton Feldman, one of the sources of inspiration for Keren Levi’s work:
“The attack of a sound is not its character... Decay, however, this departing landscape, this expresses where the sound exists in our hearing — leaving us rather than coming towards us. “ (Morton Feldman)
The Israeli-Dutch choreographer Keren Levi has been working as a choreographer since 2004. She was awarded several prizes, among others Territory (BNG prize 2006), couple-like and couple-like 2, (Zilveren Krekel 2011), and The Dry Piece (Dioraphte prize, Nederlandse Dansdagen 2013).
Levi’s work is idiosyncratically choreographic and multidisciplinary by nature. Her adventurous music-dance-video performances have a conceptual basis and are structured musically. Levi has a feminist focus and creates a heterogeneous image of women in all aspects of her work. In her process the question arises what dance is, and what role dance can play in a broader socio-political context. Among others, Levi changes dance into an area where social conventions and expectations become visible.