A late night Symposium with Valeska Gert and other great women
© Lee Meir 2017. all rights reserved.
Hexenküche is a one-time event that took place in the bar of Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv, as part of Intimadance festival, which focused on the topic of Art and Resistance. Looking specifically at the creative and cultural prosperity that occurred in Germany during the period of the Weimar Republic, as a modal for art in/as resistance, the project aimed to draw lines between the above and our situation as artists in Israel/Palestine today.
For this project we traced the heritage of the extreme, ambiguous and nonconformist performance artist and dancer, the German-Jewish Valeska Gert. A large part of Gert's artistic and political involvement was the establishment of bars/night clubs in which she would present her radical performances, host artists and create a space for wallowing in radical political questions about art and its role in the society.
Inspired by Gert and her bars, we invited 10 Israeli and Palestinian female artists, variating in age, background, religion, artistic and theoretical fields, to create with us this symposium; to set up a temporary space, to blur the borders between the personal and the political, individualism and collectivity, performance and Hang -Out, in order to ask together how can artistic work be resistant in Israel/Palestine today.
CONCEPT, MODERATION AND PERFORMANCE: Lee Méir & Roni Katz / CO-CREATORS AND PERFORMERS: Einat Amir, Rasha Nahas, Maya Valentine, Idit Herman, Sahar Damoni, Rela Mazali, Dr. Yali Nativ, Lilach livne, Laura Kirschenbaum / LIGHT DESIGN: Omer Scheizaf / SOUND: Nir Fartoush / PRODUCTION: Intimadnace Festival / THANKS: deufert&plischke, Tal Yahas and Yair Vardi
30 / 07 / 15 Intimadance Festival, Tmuna Theater, Tel Aviv
“ Witches kitchen was a well made event, a kind of salad consisting of Happening, performance-art and a kind of academic cabaret, in which lots of beer flowed freely on the tables, making it easier to break the barriers between the audience sitting at the tables and the various performers, who were busy with activating the audience in diverse and charming ways…. the event and the format created quite a bit of stimulation ……I thoroughly enjoyed ”.
Ora Brafman, DanceTalk, Tel-Aviv, 31 / 7 / 15
Photos by Arale.