A DESPERATE MERMAID, WOMEN GALLOPING IN SLOW MOTION, SILLY SONGS AND SPANISH RHYTHMS BY ISRAELI CHOREOGRAPHER ROY ASSAF, A MASTER OF COMBINING THE OUTLANDISH WITH THE SERIOUS.
In his first work for Danish Dance Theatre, we meet several wacky characters in a collage of satirical vignettes, drawn from the artist’s wish to create the ultimate and perfect show. It is not always easy.
Roy Assaf describes dance as a 'filter' to his own, internal world. His approach to his choreographic practice is intuitive. The work is created as an exchange between the dancers and himself. This method is built on mutual trust between the dancers and the choreographer and is crucial to the exchange of creative ideas.
Israel as a key to understanding
Roy Assaf’s works are grounded in the theatrical, with a distinct physical expression and sense of empathy. He is one of Israel's most sought-after choreographers with works created for companies including Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv and venues such as Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. His Israeli background is key to understanding him as a choreographer. Contemporary dance has flourished in Israel since the 1990s, with internationally renowned choreographers including OhadNaharin and ItzikGalili. Roy Assaf has followed soon after. In previous works, he has dealt with difficult topics such as political oppression, gender, war and discrimination, usually with a humorous twist.
Thank you for the generous support: William Demant Fonden & Beckett Fondens
Choreography: Roy Assaf
Artistic Associates: Ariel Freedman, Avshalom Latucha
Dancers and Co-creators: Danish Dance Theatre's dancers
Set Design: Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm og Roy Assaf
Ligh Design: Raphael Frisenvænge Solholm
Costume Design: Maria Ipsen og Roy Assaf
Music production, Editing & Sound Design: Mikkel Larsen, LAK Studios
Music: Mikkel Larsen, LAK Studios, Danish folk songs, "Tamechom" by Kristin BjerkestrandText: Roy Assaf, Jessica Lyall, Ariel Freedman
Textual inspiration: Ohad Zehavi, "An Invitation to Perform", Bezalel Journal of Visual and Material Culture 1 (2014)
"Joe the mermaid" text: Emilie Leriche, Lucas Threefoot, Lukas Hartvig-Møller, Edward Pearce, Jessica Lyall, Roy Assaf