Choreography: Ofir Yudilevitch
Performers: Eshed Avraham (Asher Ben Shalom), Ofir Yudilevitch
Music: Son Lux, Hakobune, Brasstracks
Duration: 30 min.
Gravity is one of the most basic and powerful forces in nature.
It acts upon us and upon every physical object in the same way. This force defines the language we use in everyday life: Up-down, light-heavy, high art-low art, life-death.
Gravity doesn’t care if we land or crash, it will remain the same.
We take a moment to play with it. We become pure mass and try to surrender to its blind will.
Two partners construct a stage for themselves out of an air-filled floor that allows them to play with gravity and to create a new relation to it. The two performers explore these new possibilities through themes of competition, trust, success and failure.
The two compete for the love of the audience and the love of gravity, trying to outdo each other in various competitions and choreographic scores testing their speed, balance and strength. The two exhaust this form of being and turn to collaborate and to join in one last dance that combines contact technique, acrobatics and dance into a playful and unique duet, before letting the air out of their stage both literally and figuratively to end the piece.
In his pieces, Ofir seeks to embody extreme physicality, some of which come from his background as an acrobat and Capoeira teacher. His interest lies in stretching the limits of his performer’s bodies and capabilities and broadening the borders of what is considered dance and choreography.
The performers do this while remaining very simple and humane trying to truly connect to their audience. In this regard, the company’s objective is to explore performance in alternative spaces such as streets, parks, galleries and studios and to broaden the audience of dance and performance without compromising its artistic beliefs and ideals.
As a freelance dancer, Ofir has collaborated with some of Israel’s top choreographers such as Yasmeen Godder, Arkadi Zaides and Yossi Berg and Oded Graf. He toured with them throughout the world, before turning his focus into his own creation. He created several pieces for different festivals before creating his first large scale performance “Gravitas” in 2015.