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Core Dance in partnership with Machol Shalem Dance House (MASH) present:

Choreographic Process Development Project 

An International Contemporary Dance Cooperation

Featured Artist(s): Sue Schroeder, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor as mentors & coaches with Joshua Rackliffe, Benji Stevenson, Annabelle Dvir & Michal Meg

Core Dance (USA) and Machol Shalem Dance House (Israel) in cooperation with Sue Schroeder, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor and 2 American (Joshua Rackliffe & Benjamin Stevenson) and 2 Israeli Dance Makers (Annabelle Dvir & Michal Meg) will participate in a two-part creative residency. Inspired by the artistic intention, impactful work and long-time collaboration of Schroeder, Sheinfeld and Laor, the 4 Dance Makers will participate in artistic research and kinesthetic experiences prompted by the quotes:

“I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't.” -Desmond Tutu

The only way to deal with an unfree world, is to become so absolutely free, that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." -John Lewis

Exploring aspects of and responses to current politics in the US and Israel – demonstrate, revolt, acquiesce, respond, react – through the body and characterized by a certain departure from traditional notions of dance, the Dance Makers will support yet challenge the unusually fruitful and inspirational debate while facilitating a kinesthetic entry point into the telling of the ‘story of now’ within the genre of dance.

Aligning the artistic intention and creative process, Part 1 of the Project - without borders - Ms. Schroeder, along with Sheinfeld and Laor, will structure a virtual coaching process for the participants over 10 weeks (to be determined with the artists in a schedule October 2020 through January 2021). Inclusive of group and individual coaching sessions, the 4 participants will work towards a virtual experience – televised or live streamed - from the United States and Israel, sharing their artistic/embodied research practices. Additionally, the creative process and performance experiences will yield recorded documentation for dissemination to a broader public.

Building on the virtual experiences of Part 1, Part 2 of the Project will take place as in-person gatherings for 2 to 3 weeks each in Jerusalem and Atlanta in 2021. In this aspect of the residency, the 4 artist participants will deepen their collective and collaborative efforts to create an immersive performance experience for audiences culminating in the premiere of 4 new works in Jerusalem and Atlanta. Being host and guest to the other’s “home” will provide increasingly dynamic and new stimuli for this Collaboration/Cooperation.

Throughout the entire time span of this Project, the Dance Makers on this project will discuss topics generated by their creative process, share their points of view and inspire one another to broaden their points of view. Engaging artistically driven research practices, Schroeder, Sheinfeld and Laor will guide the dance making process with authenticity, physicality. and enquiry.

This project will be shared as a Live Streamed event in United States (Core Dance) and Israel (MASH) on February 18th as part of Core Dance's Lunchtime in Studio series. 

Thank you to our partners for this project:

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Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast and Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate of Israel in NY