Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. FITS (or ITFS). 2 energetic days on the road just to see “Mother’s milk”, the wonderful new performance imagined by choreographer and artistic director Rami Be’er.
We were invited by the company’s representatives to attend its premiere in Paris, but we were lucky enough to see it first at FITS, one of the most important theater and arts festivals in Europe.
The piece was excellent in terms of language and staging and it provided the audience with an array of emotions and states, from sadness to marvel, from happiness and excitement to self-questioning and doubt. “Be’er examines, through dance, the love of his parents, that survived the Holocaust, for the European cultural heritage that they passed on to him. There in the caverns of dance he succeeds for a moment to awaken fragments of memories from the life and the culture he received from his father and mother. On a stage that is dimly lit, partially by a chandelier hanging in the center, he creates the sense of a dark space, from which heartbeats can be heard. In these composition structures, we see the presence of the architectural heritage of Rami’s father. Manny was one of the prominent architects who formulated the kibbutz architectural concept from the mid-1950s, expressing the ideology of the kibbutz residents who lived lives of cooperation and equality within a united, homogenous society. Rami presents one of the most wonderful requiem works created in dance in recent years. It is a work that on one hand is abstract, timeless and universal, but at the same time, it manages to spin fine threads into the private and intimate love story of his parents and the deep sense of loss left by their deaths. (Yonat Rothman – excerpt from company’s official credentials)
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC), one of the leading dance companies in the world, is widely identified with the work of acclaimed Artistic Director Rami Be’er, whose exclusive and unique choreographic character has become the company’s trademark both in Israel and abroad. The company performs regularly in some of the most respected theaters and festivals worldwide.
photo credits: Cristian Clita, arts lover.