A free fall into the dream image world of the Clipa Theater, deep into multiple sensations, abstracted, without borders or a narrative lifeline, to the unremitting flow of sounds and sights, to the ultimate chill out
The Observatory deals with dream archetypes, the same dreams that we all dream in different ways. Dreams that define the longing, passion, and fear that we all share. The audience enters a dark and soft space. Step by step visual images envelop the observer from all sides, a dream of fleeing into a dense forest, a dream about flight with aerial acrobatics above the head of the viewer, and a dream about the woman of forever.
The black space breaths, moves, and changes like a magic box. Scenery, images, objects, are nearly all black, staged pictures appear from the absolute darkness - barely visible. They mock the observer with their illusive flickering.
The performance offers a visual experience that is sensory and inclusive. The viewer is free to choose the perspective and angle from which to observe, remaining passive and protected by the darkness. The dreamlike quality is driven by the physical calmness felt while sitting or lying on the mattresses that cover the whole area.
The consuming music and the visual imagery, enhanced by the monochrome in black, allows limited vision of the figure or object, disappearing and reappearing unexpectedly from various directions in the darkness.
The Clipa Theater group has created five pieces that are site specific for the Israel Festival: Hide and Seek at Kikar Safra (1998), Labyrinth at the Rose Garden (1999), Deus Ex Machina, at the festival opening in the Botanical Gardens (2001), Reconstructing Game, at the opening of the festival (2005), K, at the Underground Prisoners Museum (2009). The works that were created for the festival are important stepping stones towards the formation of the artistic vision of the group and its creations. The Observatory and its unique visual experience is created to suit the black space of the (former) Tel Ad Television Studios at the Jerusalem Theater for the 50th Anniversary of the Israel Festival.
Created by: Idit Herman, Dmitry Tyulpanov, Orit Bergman, Daniel Blanga Gubbay Performing: Dmitry Tyulpanov, Idit Herman, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Gabrielle Neuhaus, Ronnie Heller, Kazuyo Shionoiri, Or Mashiah, Ilana Bellahsen, Orian Michaeli, Ilya Domanov, Oded Zadok Music: Dmitry Tyulpanov Music Performance and Arrangement: Johnny Tal Animation: Orit Bergman Photos: Daniel Kaminsky Lighting: Asi Gotesman Production: Maya Granit Shva
Performance Duration: 50 minutes (no intermission)
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