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60'03'' (Slovak), 52'08'' (English), 37'23''+21'57'' (English)
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The invention of the floor 10,000 years ago, as a result of the agricultural revolution, completely revolutionized the way we humans move. Until then throughout 200,000 years of pre-history we had to make our way in a three dimensional environment laden with obstacles. From the moment we attached ourselves to the field, we constructed an environment, which enables an ever more efficient way of covering distances, but as a result, our own movement continuously undergoes radical standardization. On the treadmill we are confident that our foot will land on a smooth and flat surface, and our step will be almost identical to the one before it; by comparison, on a mountain slope each step requires physical improvisation and being alert. In this respect the flat dance floor is the ultimate epitome of the artificial man-made environment - "you can count on it" - its aim is to provide the dancer identical physical conditions anywhere on that surface. In the piece five dancers talk about the physical, cultural and mental implications of living on a two dimensional surface. Created independently 2012. Text and Choreography: Rotem Tashach in collaboration with the dancers. Collaborating dancers: Sharon Backley, Daniel Gal, Omer Astrachan, Tsuf Itschaky, Olivia Court Mesa (and Karmit Burian) Stills: Shimrit Avraham, Ran Shevi and Roy Herzlich. Academic advisor: Dr. Orly Shevi.

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Paved Life

 

The invention of the floor 10,000 years ago, as a result of the agricultural revolution, completely revolutionized the way we humans move. Until then throughout 200,000 years of pre-history we had to make our way in a three dimensional environment laden with obstacles. From the moment we attached ourselves to the field, we constructed an environment, which enables an ever more efficient way of covering distances, but as a result, our own movement continuously undergoes radical standardization. On the treadmill we are confident that our foot will land on a smooth and flat surface, and our step will be almost identical to the one before it; by comparison, on a mountain slope each step requires physical improvisation and being alert. In this respect the flat dance floor is the ultimate epitome of the artificial man-made environment - "you can count on it" - its aim is to provide the dancer identical physical conditions anywhere on that surface. In the piece five dancers talk about the physical, cultural and mental implications of living on a two dimensional surface. Created independently 2012. Text and Choreography: Rotem Tashach in collaboration with the dancers. Collaborating dancers: Sharon Backley, Daniel Gal, Omer Astrachan, Tsuf Itschaky, Olivia Court Mesa (and Karmit Burian) Stills: Shimrit Avraham, Ran Shevi and Roy Herzlich. Academic advisor: Dr. Orly Shevi.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis