The newest dance-theater piece by Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak looks and feels like one of those eerily beautiful, but grey winter days, fitfully seen through whirling snow from the window of a fast moving train. Rich in poetic imagination, interspersed with unique humor and intellectual thought, SHAKER takes its inspiration from the snow-filled glass globes that fill with snow flakes when shaken. On a stage inhabited by tiny figures and maquettes, there are three small grey huts from which the dancers, clad in black or colored bodysuits, appear and disappear mysteriously. Quiet and still at the beginning, the world inside the shaker is magical and enchanted, but not necessarily happy – it has both good and evil, joy and sadness. The musical score is a collage combining great classics like Chopin, Purcell, Gavin Bryars, and Arvo Part, with Swedish folk music and songs from the fifties performed by Japanese pop artists.
Source: Inbal Pinto website
Inbal Pinto was born in Israel in 1969, and began her formal dance training at age 13. She studied graphic arts at The Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and worked as a graphic designer for her army service. As a dancer, she first joined The Bat Sheva Ensemble and was promoted to the senior Bat Sheva Company. In 1990, she began her career as a choreographer. She was invited to The American Dance Festival to take part in its International Choreographers Program in both 1997 and 1998. In 2000, she won a Bessie - the New York Dance and Performance Award for her creation “Wrapped”. Pinto also created the choreography for theatrical works, such as "The Chairs" and "Romeo and Juliet". In 2000, she was given Israel's Ministry of Culture Award for Dance and the Tel Aviv Municipal Award for Artistic achievements.
Source : Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company 's website
Avshalom Pollak | Artistic Director, Choreographer, Costumes designer, Set designer
Avshalom was trained as a classical actor and graduated from The Nissan Nativ Drama School in Tel-Aviv. He has acted in a large number of films and television programs as well as many theatrical plays at The Habimah National Theater, The Cameri Theater, Gesher Theater and The Haifa Municipal Theater. (Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet"; Casssio in "Othello"; Valere in "The Miser"; Tuzenbach in "Three Sisters", Phillip in "Orphans" and more). Since 1992, Avshalom Pollak has been working with Inbal Pinto, with whom he founded The Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company.
In 2011 Pinto and Pollak were given Israel’s ministry of culture award for creation of "Toros" and "Rushes Plus". In 2003 they directed, choreographed and designed the Opera ARMIDE by Christoph Willibald Gluck. In 2013 they directed, choreographed and designed the original musical The cat that lived a million times" by Yoko Sano in Tokyo, and the Opera "The cunning little vixen" by Leos Janacek in Bergen Norway.
Together, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak have created, choreographed and designed the following works for their company: 1999 – « Oyster » A co Production with The Maison De La Danse, Lyon, France. Winner of The Israel Theater Academy Award for the year 2000 as The Best Production in Stage Arts category. 2002 – « Boobies » A co Production with DeSingel Theater, Antwerp, Belgium. 2006 – « Shaker ». « Armide » An opera by Christoph Willbald Gluck at the Opera House of Wiesbaden in Germany (2004) and The Israeli Opera (2007). « Rushes » A collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theatre (2007).
« Hydra » a co-production with Saitama Arts Foundation, Israel Festival 2008 and Stepts #11 2008 – « Trout » A co-production with Stavanger 2008, Cultural Capital of Europe, Collaboration with the Kitchen Orchestra .2011- « Bombyx Mori ». 2013 – « Gold Fish ». 2013 – « The Cunning Little Vixen » opera by Leos Janacek at the Nasjonale Opera Bergen, Norway. 2013- Dust. 2014- Wallflower A Collaboration with Tel Aviv Museum of Art. 2015- « Wrapped » Renewed Production. Originally created in 1998.
Source : Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company 's website
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Artistic direction / Conception : Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak
Choreography : Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak
Interpretation : Inbal Pinto Dance Company : Michal Almogi, Ido Batash, Talia Beck, Zvi Fishzon, Yigal Furman, Shay Haramaty, Shir Medvetzky, Andreas Merk, Naomi Nissim,Shi Pratt, Dana Shoval
Lights : Uri Morag, Dania Zemer et Alon Cohen (éclairagiste)
Costumes : Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak, Ditza Avidan (assistante), Ela Givol, Ditza Avidan (habilleuses)
Settings : Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak
Sound : Asaf Ashkenazy
Other collaborations : Dina Ziv (directrice des répétitions), Gily Bar et Giyora Shaked (régie)
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Charles Picq - Maison de la Danse 2008
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