In collaboration with Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor

Three performers fall into a march based on Israeli folk dance steps. "The hymn of the heroic Israeli 7th armoured corps' brigade" and other cornerstones of the national cannon blast out into the space, demanding unity and conformity. The performers become trapped in a conflict between the insistence of the system and their inner needs. Deeply personal, BIG MOUTH examines the clash which erupts between the individual identity and the Israeli collective.

"The rigor of the choreographic line is impressive with its forced march based on folk dance steps, cleverly composed into a tight unisson. A mouth opens gradually with a silent agony that resembles Francis Bacon's 'cry'. Simple yet virtuoso, abstract yet significant, the piece leaves a strong impression". Agnes Izrine, "Danser” February 2010, France
 

 

Made by Keren Levi , Oren Laor, Niv Sheinfeld
Dance Reut Levi, Oren Laor, Niv Sheinfeld
Soundtrack editing and original score: Didi Erez
Music: Korim Lanu Lalechet – Effi Netzer, Hymn of Israeli brigade 7 – Ori Vidislavsky
Rehearsal manager: Karmit Burian
Light design: Netta Koren
Costumes: Mirit Weinstock
Production: Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor dance Projects, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Co-production: Grand Theatre, Groningen NL
Supporters: Israeli Ministry of culture – dance department, Israel Festival, The Gay center, Dansmakers Amsterdam NL (DMA)

Contact for booking: Niv Sheinfeld (+972) 523749571 nivsheinfeld@gmail.com
Oren Laor (+972) 542008344 orenlaor@gmail.com
 

titledatetimelocationtickets & info
1. BIG MOUTH Fri 05-09-2014  Pumpenhaus, Münsterwww.pumpenhaus.de
2. BIG MOUTH Sat 06-07-2013  Beijing NanLuoGuXiang Performing Arts Festival, Beijing
3. BIG MOUTH Fri 05-07-2013  Beijing NanLuoGuXiang Performing Arts Festival, Beijing
4. BIG MOUTH [Festival Tanz!]Fri 10-05-2013 19:30 Heilbronn Theatre, Heilbornnwww.theater-heilbronn.de
5. BIG MOUTH Sat 17-11-2012  Grand Theatre, Groningenwww.grandtheatregroningen.nl
6. BIG MOUTH Thu 15-11-2012  Palais des Boux Arts, Charleroi
7. BIG MOUTH Wed 14-11-2012  Palais des Boux Arts, Charleroi
8. BIG MOUTH Fri 09-11-2012 -> Fri 09-11-2012  CND / Centre Nationale de la Danse, Pariswww.cnd.fr
9. BIG MOUTH Thu 08-11-2012 -> Fri 09-11-2012  CND / Centre Nationale de la Danse, Pariswww.cnd.fr
10. BIG MOUTH Wed 07-11-2012 -> Fri 09-11-2012  CND / Centre Nationale de la Danse, Pariswww.cnd.fr
11. BIG MOUTH Thu 22-03-2012 20:00 Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
12. BIG MOUTH Mon 16-01-2012 20:3 Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottinghamwww.lakesidearts.org.uk
13. BIG MOUTH Wed 07-12-2011  Klap/Kelemenis, Marseillewww.kelemenis.fr
14. BIG MOUTH Tue 06-12-2011  Klap/Kelemenis, Marseillewww.kelemenis.fr
15. BIG MOUTH Thu 24-11-2011  Migros Dance Festiva, St. Gallen
16. BIG MOUTH Wed 23-11-2011  Migros Dance Festiva, St. Gallen
17. BIG MOUTH Sat 19-11-2011  Migros Dance Festival, Basel
18. BIG MOUTH Sun 09-10-2011  YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS PLATFORM, Zagrebwww.tala.hr
19. BIG MOUTH Fri 30-09-2011  Sofia Dance Week festiva, Sofiawww.sofiadanceweek.com
20. BIG MOUTH Thu 22-09-2011 20:30 Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
21. BIG MOUTH Fri 01-07-2011  Montpellier Danse, Montpellierwww.montpellierdanse.com
22. BIG MOUTH Thu 30-06-2011  Montpellier Danse, Montpellierwww.montpellierdanse.com
23. BIG MOUTH Tue 14-06-2011  The Place, Londonwww.theplace.org.uk
24. BIG MOUTH Sun 05-06-2011  Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
25. BIG MOUTH Thu 27-01-2011 20:00 Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
26. BIG MOUTH [International Exposure]Sat 11-12-2010  Susan Dallal, Tel-Aviv
27. BIG MOUTH Fri 10-12-2010  Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
28. BIG MOUTH Sun 17-10-2010  Autumn Festival, Budapest
29. BIG MOUTH Sat 16-10-2010  Autumn Festival, Budapest
30. BIG MOUTH Sat 25-09-2010  Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Mainwww.mousonturm.de
31. BIG MOUTH Fri 24-09-2010  Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Mainwww.mousonturm.de
32. BIG MOUTH Wed 22-09-2010  Pumpenhaus, Münsterwww.pumpenhaus.de
33. BIG MOUTH Fri 03-09-2010  Tanz Im August, Berlin
34. BIG MOUTH Thu 02-09-2010  Tanz Im August, Berlin
35. BIG MOUTH Fri 27-08-2010 19:30 noorderzon festival, groningenwww.noorderzon.nl
36. BIG MOUTH Thu 26-08-2010 19:30 noorderzon festival, groningenwww.noorderzon.nl
37. BIG MOUTH Sat 24-07-2010  Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
38. BIG MOUTH Fri 23-07-2010  Tmuna, Tel-Aviv
39. BIG MOUTH Fri 09-07-2010  Julidans, Amsterdamwww.julidans.com
40. BIG MOUTH Thu 08-07-2010  Julidans, Amsterdamwww.julidans.com
41. BIG MOUTH [Eilat IL]Mon 18-01-2010 20:00  
42. BIG MOUTH [Tmuna Theatre Tel-Aviv IL]Sat 09-01-2010 21:00  
43. BIG MOUTH [Kibbutz Gaaton IL]Mon 04-01-2010 19:00  
44. BIG MOUTH [Adama Mitzpe Ramon IL]Sun 13-12-2009 21:00  
45. BIG MOUTH [Rebecca Crown Theatre Jerusalem IL]Sat 12-12-2009 20:30  
46. BIG MOUTH [sussane Dellal Tel-Aviv IL]Fri 04-12-2009 22:00  
47. BIG MOUTH [Sussane Dellal Tel-Aviv IL]Mon 30-11-2009 21:00  
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Sun 01-08-2010 : Balletanz, Elisabeth Nehring


  The three performers march in lockstep Right – Left – Right – Left, shaping the frame of an imaginary rectangle on stage. Their march is calm, determined but not aggressive - maybe they present an image of the sovereign military of the future?    Then occurs the first change in the small uniformed formation of the two men in black and the woman in blue and white: marching backwards as well as forward, the steps cutting through the rectangle frame and the arms jolting. The semi-militant movement is beginning to show fragments of folk dance that convey both the positive and the problematic aspects of  their community. The female dancer is breaking free from the uniformity. She is soon becoming the center of all movement on stage as well as the emotional focal point of the piece, displaying both activity and passivity. She approaches her two partners with merriment and joy but in return they grab her by the shoulders, toss her back and forth and put her in her place with gentle domination.  The complex  mixture of opportunities and compulsions dictated by Collectivism - which allows individuality to a certain point and again forces it back into its place – is presented in magnificent simplicity by Oren Laor, Niv Sheinfeld and Keren Levi, that portray how the Israeli society with all its ambivalence is functioning  from the inside.  
Keren Levi is dressed in the colors of the Israeli flag, stands in the center of the stage and begins to open her mouth slowly until it becomes a terrifying crater. At first it seems that the heroic "Anthem of the seventh Israeli tank brigade"  is floating out of her mouth, the whole face is opening up to the pathos of the music. Later as the gaping mouth covers up half her face – it gradually resembles "The Scream" by Eduard Munk, an expression of bottomless horror. 
Suddenly the music seems to float violently back into her mouth, forcing her to either swallow or suffocate. Through this suction of militarism and nationalism we are looking into the desperation of an individual and its nation, locked in its own psyche and history, therefore painfully harming itself and others. 
In this scene Keren Levi could stand for many things: personification of the Israeli nation or its state, individual or collective, winner or victim, pure emotion or perversion of the emotion.   
That image with all its horror and contradiction  leaves a haunting  imprint that lingers even to the last part, where the 3 dancers support each other in friendly care. The two men create a seat for her with their bodies, carrying her on hands and feet.  How real or fake this harmony is - they leave open.  The collective manifests once again its capability of being functional, but not for long – with a friendly smile she leaves her partners alone on stage and walks out. A collective with no members, a country with no nation, a nation with no emotion? 
 Laor, Sheinfeld, Levi "BIG MOUTH" In: TANZ, Zeitschrift für Ballett, Tanz und Performance. August/September 2010, Page 68.
BIG MOUTH
Duration : 01:12
BIG_MOUTH_full.mp4
Duration : 30:32
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