LIKE is the third piece in a trilogy of Zvi Gotheiner’s technology-based works. Throughout the evening, dance performers collide with live and recorded video while the audience, utilizing their own cellphones, votes on which dancer and movement elements they “like” the most. Votes are projected on a screen, thereby determining how the the piece advances. A choreographic deconstruction of a televised reality show competition, LIKE selects its “winner” through the process of elimination.
MAIM (water in Hebrew) is a new evening-length work(-in-progress?) which will be incubated during a LUMBERYARD International Artist residency in the month leading up to the engagement, related to Lumberyard’s partnership with the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Part of a series—including GLACIER, GREEN MAP, and DANCING THE BEAR’S EARS—reflecting on the current collision between humankind and the natural world, the work seeks to raise awareness about diminishing global water resources due to climate change. MAIM is anchored in the choreographer’s personal experience growing up in Israel under a strict government water conservation policy, while its improvisation-based movement vocabulary takes inspiration from the concept of moving “liquid” from one location in the body to another.
ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience. The company is shaped by a collaborative model of creation, involving the ensemble and designers from the initial research phase, so as to constantly push the methodology and ethics of a creation process within an interdisciplinary format. ZviDance also exists to engage students in enriching their appreciation of the art form.