By and with: Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Santiago Blaum and Nava Frenkel
Since studying together at the school of visual theater, Jerusalem, Ariel Ashbel and Nava Frenkel have been friends and colleagues. As directors with distinguished styles and mutual appreciation, they orbit around each other’s work for over a decade, but HEADHUNTING will be the first time they share a stage. The directors will exchange strategies, ideas and images from previous work and recontextualize them to make a new formation. Collaborating as composers, they will also implicate themselves as bodies, serving as performers for each other and interpreting with their own bodies images that are usually staged on others.
Intervening with each other’s materials and strategies, they use this platform as an opportunity to hunt each other’s heads and go beyond notions of individuality, identity and subjectivity, preferring instead artistic affinity, and considering performance as a practice which brings forth a different kind of kinship.
Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Ariel Efraim Ashbel (b. 1982) is a Berlin based artist from Tel Aviv, who makes performances. Originally a theater director, the work he’s been creating since 2000 negotiates interdisciplinary offers for stage events, located in the gap between theater, dance, music and installation. Since 2011, he has worked on projects at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HZT (Uferstudios), the Berlin Biennial, Kampnagel Hamburg, FFT Düsseldorf, Transmediale, MoMA PS1 and many more.
In 2013, his first German-produced piece “All white people look the same to me” premiered at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, followed by “THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” in 2015. Both works have and continue to be presented outside Berlin at various theaters and festivals. Alongside his work as a director, he also collaborates with colleagues and friends such as Alona Rodeh, Ligia Lewis, Showcase Beat Le Mot, Constanza Macras, Apparatus, Wojtek Blecharz and more.
Nava Frenkel, (born in Jerusalem 1979) is a performance maker and writer for the stage. Since graduating from the School of Visual Theater Jerusalem in 2008, Nava has been one of the most prolific and central figures in the Israeli experimental performance scene. Her poetic works combine complicated word play, playful game-like choreographic structures and aesthetics which oscillate elegantly between the sacred and the mundane.
Among her directorial works, produced and presented in Israel, are: The gallery-pieces “Whale in sea” (2015) and “Down to Earth” (2013), and the stage works “Learning Songs“ (2016) “Palm Tree” (2014), “Now and Never“ (2011), “They Who Are About to Die” (2010).
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