YOTAM PELD – “migrena 2×2”
About the piece
Can an isolated, confined body transcend, and travel beyond space and time?
Can the subconscious become a vessel for these journeys?
“migrena2X2” is a hybrid solo performance which exists in a surreal space made of fragments of memory, introducing suspension and object manipulation into movement. It is an abstract, contemporary interpretation of the story of biblical Jonah, aiming to embody the notion of prophecy by exploring the subconscious, confronting traumas and fantasies.
The burden of the performer is embodied by kettlebells, and its shedding unfolds through a ritual – between a prayer and a rave. An intensification of wild movement patterns causes the body to slowly deconstruct, decompose, melt and surrender to awaken an abstract material, a collective of limbs and organs devouring the space, with no clear objective besides obeying the sensations that pass through it. This unleashing of instinctive, queer and primitive totality, which cannot exist outside the ecstatic state, is a call to become an entity which
functions beyond the intellectual restrictions of society. The body of the performer, being pushed to extreme intensity and disintegration, travels the space with dexterity and detail, emancipating hidden spaces and surfaces, reaching catharsis and eventually self-recognition.
About the company
Yotam Peled was born in a Kibbutz in the north of Israel in ‘89. Since childhood he has practiced fine arts, athletics, and Capoeira. At the age of 21, after finishing service in the Israeli defense forces, he began dancing, and later on pursued higher education in contemporary circus. In 2015 Yotam relocated to Berlin, and since then he has been working as a freelance performer with several European choreographers, among them Maura Morales, Yann L’hereux, Troels Primdahl, Jill Crovisier and Mitia Fedotenko. In the last few years he has been creating his own choreography, which has toured festivals and venues in Israel, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, France, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. His solo performance “Boys Don’t Cry” has received awards from Awaji Circus Art festival, Wurzburg tanzSpeicher, MASDANZA festival, Gdansk dance festival and Corpomobile Festival Rome. His first ensemble work, “Entropia,” was created as part of the project THINK BIG – a collaboration of the City Opera of Hanover and TANZtheater International festival. Yotam was selected for the prestigious TalentLAB platform in the Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg, and offered a creation residency for his project ALPHA, mentored by choreographer Hofesh Shechter. In November 2019 he was a resident choreographer in Skopje Dance Theater, and in March-May he will create work for EDCM, Canada.
Category: Selected Company
Choreography & Performance: Yotam Peled
Communication: Laia Montoya / TINA agency
Soundtrack Design: Yotam Peled
The project is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and Collider AIR / Contemporary Calgary.
Supported by the German Embassy in Panama