04-07 May - 20:00 h (Local Time)
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Yama (German premiere)
Choreographer: Noa Wertheim
Co-creator: Rina Wertheim-Koren
Music: Ran Bagno
Total duration: approx. 60 minutes, no intermission

Performances on 4, 5, 6 and 7 May 2017 at 20:00h in the KraftWerk
Introduction with Bernd Kauffmann and Jürgen Wilcke on 4 May 2017 at 19:15h in the KraftWerk.

The multifaceted choreographies of the Vertigo Dance Company lead audiences through diverse terrain, from specific personal circumstances to scenes of surreal theatricality. Contemporary dance serves as an instrument with which to explore the connections between body and consciousness and between art, society and the environment, combining influences from classical ballet, contact improvisation and Asian martial arts. The Vertigo Dance Company was founded by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al in Jerusalem in 1992. Both are active as dancers and choreographers. Seeking to unite artistic creativity with social responsibility and a sustainable way of life, the Vertigo Dance Company often works with dance ensembles and artists from other genres. It also offers master classes and workshops.

Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al serve jointly as managers and artistic directors. US-born Wertheim studied at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and was a member of the Tamar Dance Company. Here she met Adi Sha'al, who had previously danced with the Batsheva Ensemble and the Kibbutz Dance Workshop. The artistic couple are also off-stage partners and have three children.

In her latest choreography, Yama – the Ivrit word for "lake" – Noa Wertheim interweaves her own dance vocabulary with elements of Israeli folk dance. She prefers not to give any detailed interpretation of the piece, giving precedence instead to the personal response of the individual viewer. The expressive, emotional dance tells of encounters and loss, of desire and rejection. It is underlaid with martial drumming and Oriental sounds, while the stage set shows symbols from everyday life in Israel.