The Conversation Piece
“In light of the atmosphere currently dominating the Israeli culture, in which terms such as ‘replacing old elites’ and ‘Multiculturalism’ are being mentioned, it seems as though Vardi wishes to open his audience’s eyes to the way this culture is perceived.”
Yair Ashkenazi, Haaretz (June 2016)
In The Conversation Piece, Seven artists meet their audience in a salon turned laboratory investigating together how cultural identity is shaped how it is influenced by national mechanisms, and how this informs our perceptions and our behaviors as civilians.
The Conversation Piece, creates a new theatrical format which challenges conventional spectatorship by inviting the audience to take part in a performance that is written anew each show. The live show is assembled from improvised conversations, which are conducted on stage with the audience and documented in real time. The conversations are anchored in a structured framework of content, intensity and tempo. In The Conversation Piece conversation is revealed as a tool with civil potential, as a medium for creating affinities, deconstructing prejudice and bridging ideological differences. It signifies the role that culture takes in the writing of history.
- By Yair Vardi
- Performers | Jason Danino Holt, Avraham Horowitz, Ricki Hayut, Yair Vardi, Stav Marin, Nataly Zukerman, Rotem Tashach
- Stage | Iris Mualem
- Lights | Rotem El Roy
- Artistic Management | Nava Zukerman
- Asst. director | Michal Ben Yehuda
- External Asst. | Mor Leedor
- Special thanks to Keren Ida Nathan for her collaboration
You Never Look at Me From the Place I See You
You never look at me from the place I see you is a performance piece made of various changing light compositions that illuminate spacious elements, stage objects and spectators alike.
By revealing the light’s performative power, it becomes more than a mere device subordinate to the action on stage. The light obtains an independent physical presence with an ability to transform the entire space into a stage and each spectator into a potential performer.
The constant shifting of the audience’s focus subverts the traditional separation between stage and auditorium, participants and onlookers, meaningful images and perceiving eyes, and sharpens an awareness to the gaze itself.
Through creating fluid images, the performance lures its spectators to explore the way they observe and render meaning to visual objects. The light becomes a metaphore for looking and interpreting, offering endless possibilities to reframe and defamiliarize known landscapes, objects and bodies.
“Yair Vardi’s audio-visual creation proposes a different way of looking at one another… A hypnotizing, original, intriguing, enlightening and thought-provoking performance.”
Tzvi Goren, Habama (October 2013)
By Yair Vardi
- Dramaturgy and contribution | Ariel Efraim Ashbel
- Mentors | Jackie Shemesh, Thomas Plischke
- Text editing and artistic development | Keren Ida Nathen
- Music and text |”The Perfect Human” by Jorgen Leth, music by Hening Christiansen; “Eine Alpensinfonie” Op. 64: Night, Sunshine by Richard Strauss
- Production | Tmuna Theatre ensemble, 2013
Born in 1984 and lives in Tel Aviv, Yair Vardi is a curator, theatre maker, performer and light designer.
In 2012 Yair finished his MA in SODA (Solo-Dance-Authorship) at UDK, Berlin, and in 2009 his BA in theatre and choreography practice in Dartington College of Arts in Totnes, UK.
In 2006 Yair initiated the A-Genre festival for interdisciplinary contemporary performance art in Tmuna theatre, in which he serves as artistic director and curator for the past eleven years.
As a light designer Yair has collaborated with many artists on various stages in Israel, including theatrical spaces, museums, galleries, public spaces and concert halls.
Yair’s recent productions include Singular Light, a video work as part of Love Art Make Art event (2014); Music Boxes, light and sound installation (Raw Beats festival, Tmuna Theatre, 2013); You May Use, a homage to Marina Abramović (Taluy Bamakom festival, 2014); You Never Look at Me From the Place I See You, (Uferstudios, Berlin and Tmuna Theatre, 2012-2013); I Am Yair Vardi, a tour in Berlin and Tel Aviv (2011).