A Way

“Pleasure is the secret, and the secret is: to become silent and listen; to cease thinking; to cease movement; to almost cease from breathing; creating an inner silence, from which awareness and abilities can pleasurably be revealed.” Alan Macjalshan

choreography: Arkadi Zaides
associate artistic creation: Itay Weiser
music: collage
music editing: Yoni Silver
lighting: Jeckie Shemesh
costume design: Dalia Lider
performed by Batsheva Ensemble dancers: Ron Amit, Eran Shani, Idan Yoav, Hadar Younger, Moran Zilberberg
duration: approximately 25 minutes

From the press
The movement in the piece is extremely personal, deriving from the dancers, each with his own personality and in search of a way from the inner to the outer. (...) this is a very strong piece, original, creating a strong tension between stage and audience, and does not allow you to remain indifferent. Zvi Goren, Habama >>

In pairs and single they make their way to a golden light and silence. slowly they shed that which is trying to stick to them – madness or desperation. Instead of distorted contact, a couple now stands in the soft light, holding hands, eyes closed. The white light makes place to the gold, as one of the dancers makes her way slowly on her back, until the last of the kicking dancers also succumbs to quietness. Gabi Aldor, Ha'ir >>

At first glance, movement seems restrained, hesitant. But as the performance progresses, zaides exposes his audience to light shades of emotions, formulated movement, measured, expressive of a mental state. Ido Dagan, Zman Tel Aviv >>

It’s difficult to distinguish whether the dancers deform in pleasure or anguish, but that line, fine and deliberately unclear, leaves the audience attention. Merav Yodelevitch, Ynet >>

Although the dancers used contrived movements, the work is precise, sensitive and leaves an optimistic trail where communication is an option. Ora Brafman, The Jerusalem Post >>

‘A Way’ was commissioned by Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in 2004.