ATARA

For you, who has not yet found the one

2019 / performance

In ATARA, choreographer Reut Shemesh directs her gaze onto the world view shared by women who live according to the rules set forth by Jewish orthodoxy and those who take a secular approach. Together, they ask what femininity, female sexuality and their places in society could be. How do they find their destiny, or how do they fail in doing so?
By means of reenactments of events from her own surroundings – Reut Shemesh grew up in a family both secular as well as orthodox – and through photography, text and movement, an oscillating dialogue between different outlooks arises. In this way, clichés, prejudice and one’s own lifestyle come into question in equal measure.

The research took place during the residency at K3 tanzplan Hamburg, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.

„A highly concentrated piece that revolves around the everyday reality of Orthodox Jewish women, yet at the same time deals with breaking out of, questioning and reflecting norms, rules, and emotions […] ‘ATARA’ represents a study of the soul that poetically reflects the topic in a touchingly minimalist choreography – ultimately shaping up as an inside view set in motion.“ Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Westdeutsche Zeitung, May 2019.

Credits

Concept, Choreography, Text, Photography: Reut Shemesh
Creation, Performance: Hella Immler, Tzipora Nir, Florian Patschovsky
2nd Cast: Johanna Kasperowitsch
Composition, Sounddesign: Simon Bauer
Dramaturgy: Matthias Quabbe 
Mentoring: Anne Kersting
Video, Stage, Light, Photography 1: Ronni Shendar 
Photography 2: Öncü Gültekin
Costume: Marie Siekmann
Financial Dramaturgy: Béla Bisom
Production, Management: Sabina Stücker

ATARA is a production from Reut Shemesh, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg in cooperation with tanzhaus nrw.
Financed by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Kunststiftung NRW, Stiftung Zurückgeben, KunstSalon Stiftung / Step Up and RheinEnergie Stiftung.
Supported by: TanzFaktur Köln, iDAS NRW, Machol Shalem Jerusalem

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Press

„A highly concentrated piece that revolves around the everyday reality of Orthodox Jewish women, yet at the same time is dealing with breaking out of, questioning and reflecting norms, rules, and emotions […] ‘ATARA’ represents a study of the soul Christian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Westdeutsche Zeitung, May 2019.