Core Dance presents American Playground with The Third Dance
“American Playground,” choreographed by Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor and performed by Core Dance, investigates multiple themes including ‘body as resistance’, personal authenticity and the dialogue between public and private spaces. Approximately one hour in length, the work is an active collaboration between the choreographers and the dancers, and is structured with a blend of pre-determined movement and improvised movement. The work evokes both humor and pathos, as the dancers explore the themes in partnership with one another and through the manipulation of props and costume pieces. Sheinfeld and Laor seek to coax complete authentic presence from the performers through the themes and formal structure, leaving a deeply-felt impact upon the audience.
Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor return to the stage to explore intimacy, with a new adaptation to Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal’s The Third Dance (1990).
Six years after debuting their version of Dror and Ben-Gal’s Two Room Apartment – declared “Best Performance of the Year” by the Circle of Israeli Dance Critics (2013) – Sheinfeld and Laor meet for another creative collaboration on one stage. The Third Dance touches on romanticism and its clichés: the music of Gustav Mahler, huge bouquet of flowers, and a record player. Underneath all of these reverberates one seemingly simple request: “tell me that you love me.” At first ad-dressed to one another, at a certain point they direct the demand at the audience, expressing a persistent wish: to continue to be moved, overcome the mundanity of life, be relevant, and gain recognition – both one another’s and others’. A couple in life and on stage, the two give us a thrilling opportunity to revisit a seminal dance text in the history of Israeli dance and look at it through the lens of the time that passed since their last duet: the changes in their bodies, in their relationship, in their perception of stage and space, and in their relation to the audience.