Practicing Empathy #3
Since early 2019, the Yasmeen Godder Company is deeply involved in a research project titled “Practicing Empathy”, out of which a series of outcomes are being created. Each of the outcomes explore the notion of empathy through a variety of perspectives and approaches, attempting to look at what opens us up emotionally. What makes us identify and connect with others, as well as with ourselves? And how can we create new practices, rituals, songs, and choreographies, which may open up our ability to take in complexities without fear and distrust?
Practicing Empathy #3 is the third creation in this series and was originally planned to be developed in collaboration with varying local and international communities. However, the disruption caused by Covid19 became a catalyst for #3 to turn into a full-length solo for Yasmeen Godder, the first in her 25 year career. Godder uses the solo to examine the concept and sensation of empathy and how it relates to her own body and personal experiences. The work travels between a real time document of the past year’s experience of isolation, limitations and internal discovery, as well as generating continuous mechanisms of survival. Through Godder’s guidance, the solo is an offering to question and feel what role self-empathy can play in our current landscape.
A production by Yasmeen Godder Company and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. A work commissioned by the festival Frankfurter Positionen 2021, an initiative of the BHFBank Foundation. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Creation, Choreography, Performance: Yasmeen Godder
Dramaturgy, Rehearsal Director: Nir Vidan
“Practicing Empathy” Project Dramaturge: Monica Gillette
Objects: Gilli Avissar
Construction Design: Gili Godiano
Light Design: Tamar Orr
Beating Stick: Track 4 from the album Stick Musicby ClogsComposed by Padma NewsomeArrangement by Padma NewsomePerformed by Jennifer Choi, Erik Friedlander, Bryce Dessner, Padma Newsome
Asaf Avidan - Different Pulses
Lior Pinsky - Star Glass
Costume Designer: Shirley Itzik
Production Manager: Omer Alsheich
Administrative Manager: Zohar Eshel-Acco