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Recording: 2014-08-20 , Tanz im August 2014 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

May Zarhy


Tanz im August 2014 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Production Details / Press Releases

“Movements are the wildest, freest, most irresponsible, most un-teachable of all things. Of course, you can catch them and sort them and place them as forms and images, which bend into concepts, into thought. But movements do not live in thought; they live in the body.” Transforming these thoughts by the author Virginia Woolf into movement is the driving force behind May Zarhy’s collaboration with Kathryn Enright. And so the two performers navigate their way through the space in search of a myriad of nuances, constantly moving between a thing and its possible meaning. Movements as the emergence of forms that are what they are, what they really are. And just when you thought you had figured it out, the question arises anew. 1325 stands for the UN resolution that asserts the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. As one member of the choreographic trio MAMAZA, May Zarhy is currently an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm. 1325 is her first collaboration with the American artist Kathryn Enright.

Born in Israel in 1984, May Zarhy created her first piece for the National Choreography Biennale “Shades in Dance 2001” Tel Aviv, before moving to the Netherlands in 2002 to study dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. In 2005, she assisted William Forsythe in the creation “3 Atmospheric Studies”. In 2007 May was a member in ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier France, directed by Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. In 2009 she formed together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis the collaborative trio “MAMAZA” and created together “ZERO” (2009), “Cover Up” (2011), “The Nikel Project – songs&poems” (2012), as well as “Pausing” (2012) with Ioannis Mandafounis, which have been shown and co-produced by numerous venues and festivals. With their piece “Pausing”, Ioannis and May have been selected to be part of Modul-Dance 2012, as well as part of the “Reso – Réseau Danse Suisse”.

MAMAZA created together the installation works “ASINGELINE an enacted thought” (2011) which has toured in Africa in 2013, “Context without Content” (2012) and “Garden State” (2014). They have been Associated Artists in deSingel Antwerp in 2011-2012, and resident artists in Mousonturm Frankfurt in 2012-2014 thanks to the support of the Doppel Pass program of the Bundes Kultur Stiftung Germany. Parallel to this, May choreographs and teaches choreography and theory seminars to students and professional dancers.

Born in the United States, Kathryn Enright currently splits her time between London, UK and Berlin, Germany, working as an independent dance artist, scholar, and teacher. Kathryn holds an MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University, an MA in Dance Ethnography from Gallatin University/TISCH in New York City, and a BA in English from Bowdoin College in Maine. In 2011 she was invited overseas by William Forsythe to rehearse with his company in Frankfurt, Germany. Since then, she has worked with choreographers Chris Haring/Liquid Loft, Laurent Chétouane, film director Mara Mattuschka, and performed in an installation by William Forsythe. Prior to moving to Europe, she danced with Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Lily Skove, Eszter Salamon and Christine De Schmedt, among others. Kathryn’s choreography has been shown various venues throughout the US including the Joyce Soho and Judson Church, NYC. In 2012/2013 she was a guest artist for Motion Bank, headed by William Forsythe.

Cast & Credits

Concept: May Zarhy
Performance & Creation: Kathryn Enright & May Zarhy
Technical Director, Light, Sound: Harry Schulz
Costumes: Chen Carmi & Inbal Levy
Management: Christian Koch
Production: May Zarhy
In co-production with the artist’s house Mousonturm and Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine – Saint Denis.
With the kind support of the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main.
Made by Tanzlabor_21.
Special thanks to Elpida Orfanidou and Marcus Dross.

Tanz im August 2014
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Production management: Sven Neumann, Andrea Niederbuchner
Supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Funded by the Capital Culture Fund and Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Tempelhofer Ufer 10
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

May Zarhy / Trailers and Video Documentations

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