The Burnt Room is a dance piece made for a room. The audience sit around the stage area, physically marking its borders. The work was commissioned by The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (CCA) and Neuer Berliner Kuntsverein (n.b.k), and was premiered in November 2016, as part of both art institutions’ joint performance art project, “Conditions for Political Choreography”.
Sparse and monochromatic, The Burnt Room is performed by two dancers accompanied by its two creators, who are also responsible for the live soundtrack. Some of the familiar traits of Zuk and Fishof’s previous 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 what is seen and what is heard. They often employ choreographic algorithms which can be manifested in dance and sound simultaneously, and thus create a multidimensional choreographic tapestry of audial movement and visible sound.
- Created by | Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof
- Dancers | Carmel Ben Asher & Kelvin Vu
- Music | Ohad Fishof
- Costumes | Eri Nakamura
- Lighting | Dani Fishof
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.