The Other Body
“The Other Body” is constructed by three separate performance works twined in and sometimes inspired by the life story of Nataly Zukerman. At the age of 12 Nataly was severely injured at a youth camp, leaving her disabled for life and with the unfulfilled fantasy of becoming a professional dancer. Zukerman’s severe neural back injury is almost invisible and she does not fulfill the stereotype of the handicapped woman, creating a dissonance between the physical visibility and the internal experience. This discord is expressed on stage confronting the audience with their preconceptions of the disabled and handicapped and their own inner disabilities.
Zukerman brings honesty and truth to the stage… She has a special stage presence, and her physical and emotional exposure touches the most exposed nerves…
Marat Parkhomovsky, Time Out Israel, November 2013
Zukerman asks, and succeeds, to express the most basic desire of the human nature – to let go of our labels and to be accepted by others, in-spite the flaws, oddities and injuries we gathered through life.
Hava Yarom, Martha Knows, November 2013
Practice Makes Perfect
- Created and performed by | Nataly Zukerman
- Co-creators and performers | Ayelet Golan, Tomer Koppel, Agam Schuster, Rotem Tashach, Rotem Nachmany
- Dramaturgy and co-director | Yair Vardi
- Stage, Lighting and Video | Iris Mualem
- Costumes | Annie Atedgy
- Video production | Nimrod Zin
- Translation | Natalie Fainstein
- Assistant creator | Michal Ben – Yehuda
- Stage manager | Shahar Gadesh
- Producer | Omer Alsheich
- The work was developed within the framework of The Acco Festival for Alternative Israeli Theatre 2015 and as part of the Actor-Creator-Researcher M.F.A. track, Department of the Theatre Arts, Tel Aviv University together with Ayala Bresler – Nardi
Practice Makes Perfect is the second autobiographical theatre piece by Nataly Zukerman. If in The Other Body, Nataly came to terms with her disability and publicly owned the definition disabled, in Practice Makes Perfect she continues to research what exactly it means. Together with a running instructor, a professional dancer and her partner she stretches the limitations of her disabled body and copes with the challenges of performing everyday physical actions like getting up from the floor, falling walking and running. Through these mundane actions, Zukerman exposes the complex physical procedures of our normative body that we totally take for granted.
- Winner of the Best Performer Award at the Acco Festival for Alternative Israeli Theatre 2015
- Winner of the Best Ensemble Award at the Golden Hedgehog Israeli Fringe Awards 2016
Zukerman is a relentless artist… A social, intrusive and important performance – which is the most personal there is.
Ophir Hillel, NRG (October 2015)
Born in 1978, Nataly Zukerman is an independent Performance Artist. She has created and participated in the last fifteen years in various performances and theater works around the world. She creates interdisciplinary works, combining devised theatre, live art, dance and autobiographical materials. In her works, she deals with the notion of identity and disability.
Amongst the works she created and/or performed in are: Practice Makes Perfect, The Other Body, A Family Tree, The Lost Paradise (by Lilach Dekel Avnery), Spermology (by Daphna Zilberg), Ding Dong (by Tamar Raban), Not Letting It In (by Jason Danino Holt), The Conversation Piece (by Yair Vardi).
Zukerman is also a teacher in various programs for children and adults, a freelance dramaturge, and is one of the initiators and artistic directors of “Talooy Bamakom”, a site specific festival. She holds a BA in education and directing from The Kibbutzim College of Education, a BA in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and an MFA in theater studies from Tel Aviv University.