Production Details / Press Releases
In their work, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor reflect upon themes of love, mortality and the need to be acknowledged. “The Third Dance” starts with romanticism and its clichés – music by Mahler, flowers and a record player – but gradually uncovers a basic human need that lies beneath these cultural symbols.
Following “Two Room Apartment” from 2012, “The Third Dance” is the second creation by Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor that is inspired by the work of Liat Dror & Nir Ben Gal. A couple in life and on stage, Sheinfeld & Laor revisit a seminal piece in Israeli dance and contemplate it from a contemporary stance acknowledging the time that has passed since their last duet: the changes in their bodies and relationship, their perception of stage and space and their interaction with the audience.
Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor are Tel Aviv based dance artists and partners in life. They have been creating together since 2004, and are regularly invited to present their works in leading festivals and theaters in Israel and abroad. In their work they combine elements and practices from contemporary dance, physical theater and performance art. Sheinfeld and Laor are also teaching at the Kibbutz Seminar Dance Academy in Tel Aviv, and create works for dance companies. In 2020 the two were the recipients of the prestigious Landau Award for Arts and Science.
Niv Sheinfeld danced with Liat Dror & Nir Ben-Gal Dance Company for five years. As an independent choreographer, he created works for Bat Sheva Ensemble, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and others. He was the recipient of the Ministry of Culture award for young dance artist (2007) and the Rosenblum Award for performing arts (2009). Oren Laor studied acting in the theater department at Tel Aviv University and worked with acclaimed directors such as Yvgeny Arye, Nola Chilton and Edna Shavit. Laor teaches performance and techniques in physical theater.
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Cast & Credits
Choreographed and performed by Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor
Inspired by The Third Dance by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal (1990)
Rehearsal manager & advisor: Yael Venezia, Melanie Berson
Artistic consultant: Keren Levi
Light Design: Rotem Elroy
Music: Gustav Mahler, Elton John, Steve Harley, Alphaville
Co-producers: Theater im Pumpenhaus (Munster, Germany), and CCNR (Rillieux la Pape, France).
MASH DANCE Berlin 2022
CEO MASH: Ruby Edelman
Technical manager: Yan Ardashnikova
Production: Amy Fine
A production by Machol Shalem Dance House (MASH) Jerusalem in co-production with DOCK ART, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Supported by: Embassy of Israel in Berlin
DOCK 11 / DOCK ART GmbH
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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)