Rakonto Kun is a work for three dancers with the participation of its creators. The live soundtrack, composed and performed by Ohad Fishof, is a fundamental element in the unique performative realm that characterizes the duo’s work.
Like their previous work, The Burnt Room commissioned by the CCA and Berlin’s n.b.k, Rakonto Kun was created to be performed in a room. The audience sits around the performers in close proximity to the happening, physically enclosing the performance space. The texts featured in the piece are in Esperanto, the utopian language invented in the late 19th century by Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof.
Rakonto Kun takes place somewhere in the fantasy territory of ethnographic fiction. It contains the primeval and the futuristic, as well as absurdity, sorrow, darkness, and physical intensity. Alongside the ongoing articulation of an aesthetic vision that is based, first and foremost, on human movement, at the heart of Zuk & Fishof’s collaborative practice lies the complex interaction between the ocular and the auditory. The way they work within, around, and against the audio-visual contract draws from a wide range of audio-visual traditions such as sound art, film, ballet, pop, and folklore. Their typical interdisciplinary mixture of dance, sound, and performance exists in its utmost complexity within the poetic space between the audible and the visual.
The Burnt Room
The Burnt Room is a dance piece made for a room. The audience sit around the performance area, physically marking its borders. The work was commissioned by The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and Berlin’s n.b.k, and was premiered in November 2016.
Sparse and monochromatic, The Burnt Room is performed by two dancers, accompanied by its two creators, who are, among other things, responsible for the live, multi-channel soundtrack. Some of the familiar traits of Zuk and Fishof’s work are easily noticeable here: the measured theatricality; the use of movement to create a world of ethnographic fiction, with fabricated rituals, invented languages and an affinity to the absurd; and the complex interrelations between the seen and the heard.
The Burnt Room was performed in Germany, Israel and Italy. Last May it was presented in Glasgow, as part of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Tectonics Festival.
- Created by | Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof
- Dancers | Carmel Ben Asher & Kelvin Vu
- Music | Ohad Fishof
- Costumes | Eri Nakamura
- Lighting | Dani Fishof
As far as exquisite performance goes, there was The Burnt Room (…) with beautiful sound score of invented language, an old Greek melody and contemporary sounds (…) it consist of two excellent dancers, Carmel Ben Asher and Kelvin Vu, portraying mysterious characters, with an amazing physicality, careful and exact, and a none-banal, visually magical movement vocabulary.
Anna Bandettini, La Reoubblica, Italy
Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof lead the pack when it comes to new performance platforms…The common denominator of all Zuk and Fishof’s work is meticulous attention to musicality. The meeting of their languages allows the audience to view movement and process sound in an entirely new and innovative way
Ori J. Lekinsky, The Jerusalem Post, Israel
Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof
Noa Zuk is a choreographer and dancer. She spent twelve years as a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company and for the past seven years has been establishing herself as a choreographer, creating works for companies and performing her work around the world.
Ohad Fishof is an interdisciplinary artist whose idiosyncratic, time-based art, ranging from live music to performance, video, installation, dance, and soundtrack work have been presented worldwide.
Zuk & Fishof have been collaborating since 2007, creating dance works for the camera and for the stage. Among their works are Garden of Minutes, premiered in 2015 at Israel’s Curtain’s Up Festival; An Old Women Picking Up A Stone from the Ground and Carrying It Back to Her House, commissioned by Singapore’s Frontier Danceland (2014); The Nothing trilogy, which consists of a dance solo, a video, and a work for a cast of 15 dancers; and One More Song, a video that was part of numerous exhibitions and video screening programs worldwide.