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Recording: 2012-08-19 , Tanz im August 2012 | Podewil (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Niv Sheinfeld, Oren Laor

Ship of Fools

Tanz im August 2012 | Podewil

Production Details / Press Releases

»›Ship of Fools‹ explores the intricacies of human relations and the disintegration of an organized structure and social conduct. (…) The inspiration for the work is Sebastian Brant’s poem ›Ship of Fools‹ (1500), that tells of a group of fools that had been extradited from the city onto a ship sailing towards the fools’ heaven.«
Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor

Sheinfeld and Laor are stage artists that have been creating contemporary dance works together since 2004. Their work combines elements of dance, performance, and physical theatre.

Niv Sheinfeld (1972) began his dance career as a dancer for Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror dance company, and has been creating independantly for the past 13 years. He created works for Batsheva ensemble, Kibbutz dance company and others.

Oren Laor (1971) studied theatre at the Tel-Aviv university, where he worked with praised directors such as Yvgeny Arye, Nola Chilton and Edna Shavit, and today creates independantly together with Sheinfeld.

Cast & Credits

WITH: Sascha Engel, Anat Grigorio, Uri Shafir
MUSIC: Didi Erez, ABBA, Pet Shopboys, Michael Jackson
COSTUMES: Inbal Lieblich

Tanz im August 2012
Organizer: Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH / TanzWerkstatt Berlin – Management Moritz van Dülmen, Hebbel am Ufer – Artistic Director / Management Matthias Lilienthal
Artistic director: Ulrike Becker, Dr. Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
Production management: Nina Klöckner, Anna Wagner, Marion Ziemann
Tanz im August is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.


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10179 Berlin


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)

Niv Sheinfeld / Trailers and Video Documentations

Oren Laor / Trailers and Video Documentations

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