Love Fire

[Above: Untitiled, Yochai Matos; Video Loop]

Yasmeen Godder's "Love Fire", is performed completely to the soundtrack of well- known classical waltz pieces, ranging from Shostakovich to Strauss. Using her very personal and unique performance language, she responds to the waltzes through a private prism of ideas, with the desire to be moved and charged by it, without judgment. Taking into consideration the cultural and personal distance from this music, a complex and humorous journey evolves on stage dealing with different understandings of what is "romantic". The desire to fall in love, to lose control, to be transformed and taken by passion are explored through bold physicality and bizzare imagery, which give a new twist to stereotypes of male and female identity, and the roles they play within a relationships. At the end the visual artist Yochai Matos, known in Tel-Aviv for his street and gallery works, creates a performative response, perhaps even an intervention, which adds a surprising twist turning the choreography into a large installation on stage.

Duration 65 Minutes


  "Godder's creation are an opportunity to look at a work which has been born out of a long process which never really ends, and continues to be exist on stage and refuses to be fixated. This is an invitation to see an artist with a rare bravery....."Love Fire" is an amazing work". Gitit Ginat, Achbar Hayir Online


"Godder's success story in the last decade needs no solo and duet images she exposes teeth of humor, and emotional excitements in the exploration of understanding the concept of Romanticism...The design in which Godder, and the dancer Eran Shanny, is outstandingly beautiful..." Zvi Goren, Habama


"Yasmeen Godder doesn't stop to surprise with  bravery and  great  talent, she does all that her heart  desires...." Ruth Eshel, Ha'aretz


"a complex and touching work and Yasmeen Godder and Eran Shanny are really wonderful. The movement between them is rich and full of detail and they transform on stage to self-defined bodies independent of the definition of a place or reference. Their movement ability turns them into absolute presences. The most beautiful of which is rooted in being at the  present moment."  Anat Zacharia, NRG website


"an invitation to visit the colorful cabaret of the choreographer who butchers her heart and guts out in front of the audience, but this time she does it with lots of humor. Luckily, the same explosive element which characterizes her previous works, received here a place full of air and smart sense of humor". Shelly Kling, Globes


Shortened Critics

"She does whatever she feels like, with daring and great talent." Ruth Eshel, Ha'aretz

"A piece not seeking comfort but rather creating a universe for itself."Rona Kuperboim, Yedioth Aharonoth

"A delightful, smart statement." Shelly Kling, Globes



LES SUBSISTANCES Laboratoire de création artistique Lyon FR (Karioki Waltzing)

October 10-12, 2008 

A-Genre Festival, Tmuna  Theatre Tel-Aviv IL (Karioki Waltzing

February 19–20, 2009 

Yearot Menashe Festival IL (Karioki Waltzing)

August 07, 2009 

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

November 27, 2009

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

December 05, 2009

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

December 11, 2009

Jerusalem Theatre  Jerusalem IL 

December 14, 2009

Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel-Aviv IL 

January 26, 2010 

Festival Pays de Danses, Liege BE 

February 02–03, 2010 


February 18, 2010 

 Haifa University  Haifa  IL 

March 09, 2010 

Inbal Theater Tel-Aviv IL 

March 18, 2010 

de Singel, internationale Kunstcampus  Antwerpen  BE 

April 21, 2010 

Inbal Theater Tel-Aviv IL 

April 28, 2010 

Studio Yasmeen Godder Jaffa Tel-Aviv IL 

May 15, 2010 

Hebbel am Ufer Theater (HAU1) Berlin DE 

May 19-21,  2010 

   DK Gavella, Zagreb Dance Week

May 28-29,  2010

Studio Yasmeen Godder Jaffa Tel-Aviv IL 

June 5, 2010

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

June 22, 2010 

Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel-Aviv IL 

November 03, 2010

Michael Cacoyannis Foundation Athens GR 

November 27–28, 2010 

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

January 12, 2011 

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

February 01, 2011

Hamaabada (THE LAB)  Jerusalem IL 

February 02, 2011

Spanski Borci Ljubljana SL 

April 04, 2011 

Belgrade Dance Festival Belgrade RS

April 07, 2011 

Bouge B Festival, de Singel Antwerp BE 

April 30, 2011 

Studio Yasmeen Godder Jaffa Tel-Aviv IL 

May 13, 2011

Studio Yasmeen Godder Jaffa Tel-Aviv IL 

June 09, 2011

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

August 03, 2011

B-Motion / Opera Estate Festival Bassano Del Grappa  IT 

August 27, 2011

Dance House Lemesos Lemesos CY 

October 04, 2011

White Bird Portland OR, USA 

March 29–31, 2012 

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

April 27, 2012 

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL

August 01, 2012

Kanazawa 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa, JP 

September 29–30, 2012

Dance Triennale Tokyo Tokyo JP 

October 05-07, 2012 

SIDance Seoul KR 

October 12, 2012 

Les grandes Traversees Bordeaux, FR 

October 19, 2012 

Dansens Hus Oslo NO 

November 15, 2012 

Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv IL 

June 09 – 10, 2014 


Choreography: Yasmeen Godder

Dramaturgy: Itzik Giuli

Creating Performers: Yasmeen Godder, Eran Shanny

Dancing Performers: Yasmeen Godder/Shuli Enosh, Matan Zamir/Matan Daskal

Guest Performer and Live Fluorescent Installation: Yochai Matos

Music: Johann Strauss - The Blue Danube; Jean Sibelius - La valse triste;

Dimitri Shostakovitch- Valse n°2 ;

Arnold Schoenberg- Valse de Chopin from Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21;

Frederic  Chopin-Opus 70 in G-flat major;

Pyotr Tchaikovsky- Valse Sentimentale;

Aram Khachaturian- Waltz from Masquerade Suite.

Costumes and Props: Inbal Lieblich, Eran Shanny, Yasmeen Godder

Lightings Designer and Technical Director: Uri Rubinstein

Sound editing and design: Eyal Shindler

Sound Engineer: Oren Cohen

Rehearsals Director: Anat Vaadia

Photography: Tamar Lamm 

Administration and International Touring: Guy Hugler

World Premiere: Suzanne Dellal Center, "Curtain Up Festival 2009

European Premiere: February 2010,  Théâtre de la Place, Liege, Belgium

Co-Production: Curtain Up Festival 2009, Tel Aviv, Israel, Théâtre de la Place, Liege, Belgium, Hebbel am Ufer,Berlin, Germany

The first part of the creation was commissioned by Les Subsistances , Laboratoire de création artistique ,Lyon, France and  Kunstfest Weimar GmbH, Weimar, Germany.