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A performance inspired by Jewish female Orthodox practice.
ATARA revolves around different perspectives of orthodox and secular women towards gender roles, family structures and their positions towards each other. The project explores the approach that links religions to guilt and shame with sex and the female body. Drawing from a series of interviews and photographic portraits, the worldviews and experiences of multiple women are shared through reenactment, photography, text, and movement.
The work is motivated by the choreographer’s own experiences, coming from a mixed secular/orthodox Jewish family, and investigates the tensions within such family structures.  
A mixed cast of both religious and non-religious background dancers are performing religious ceremonies, rituals, and conversations, transforming them into contemporary practice and movement. The research will take place during the residency at K3 tanzplan Hamburg, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.

Concept, Choreography, Text, Photography: Reut Shemesh
Creation & Performance: Hella Immler, Tzipora Nir, Florian Patschovsky
composition & Sounddesign: Simon Bauer
Dramaturgy: Matthias Quabbe
Mentoring: Anne Kersting
Video, stage, Light: Ronni Shendar
Costume: Marie Siekmann
Financial-dramaturgy: Béla Bisom
Production, Management: Sabina Stücker

Atara is a Production from Reut Shemesh, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg in Cooperation with den tanzhaus nrw.
Finenced by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Stiftung Zurückgeben, KunstSalon Stiftung / Step Up und RheinEnergie Stiftung.
Superted by: tanzfaktur köln, iDAS NRW, Machol Shalem Jerusalem

Upcoming performances

ATARA premiere / 3rd, 4th, 5th April K3-Tanzplan Hamburg at Kampnagel (DE)

ATARA / 12th May Krefeld, Fabrik Header (DE)
ATARA / 14th & 15th May tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)

WITNESS / 13th Jun, the Opening event of the Impulse theatre festival at tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE) https://www.impulsefestival.de/

WITNESS July 4th, Museum Kunstpalast Duesseldorf (DE)

ATARA / 31.October, 02&03 November at TanzFaktur Cologne (DE) http://www.tanzfaktur.eu/

ATARA / December 2019 Machol Shalem (TBC) (IL)


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Research project WITNESS

Photography © Shemesh / WITNESS