Practicing Empathy #2by2
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 #2by2” - 8 audience members are invited to dive into a collaborative experience with 8 dancers, on a 2 meter by 2 meter square. This practice seeks to reclaim the 2-meter restriction defined by social distancing due to the spread of Covid19, and turn it around to become a means for connectivity, empathy, and intimacy.
Practicing Empathy #2by2 was commissioned by and presented at The Chatira Le’maga Festival at Habait Theatre.
Co-production: Tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Supported by the Israel Lottery Council for the Culture and Arts.
Creation, Choreography: Yasmeen Godder
Dramaturgy: Itzik Giuli, Monica Gillette
Dancers: Ortal Atsbaha, Or Ashkenazi, Carmel Ben-Asher, Ari Teperberg, Tamar Kisch, Nir Vidan, Shuli Enosh, Anat Vaadia, Yasmeen Godder
Mousontrum Dancers (Frankfurt, Germany): Patscharaporn Distakul, Viktorija Ilioska, Katja Cheraneva, Max Levy, Kirill Berezovski, Aaron Lang, led and performed by Ari Teperberg, Tamar Kisch
Bassano del Grappa Dancers (Italy): Vittoria Caneva, Anna Grigiante, Ilaria Marcolin, Elena Sgarbossa
Sound Design #2by2: Lior Pinsky
Scenography and Lighting: Omer Sheizaf
Costumes Design #2by2: Tamar Ben Cnaan
Photography: Ofir Ben-Shimon, Daniel Pakes, Uri Rubinstein
Production Manager: Omer Alsheich
Administrative Manager: Zohar Eshel-Acco