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Lie Like a Lion (2015)

Choreographer: Yasmeen Godder

"She dances a manipulative duet with pianist Matan Daskal as she indulges in a cigarette. But the smoke that rises from her mouth really comes from the witch’s inner fire. It wouldn’t have surprised me if this smoke was colored red or toxic green." (Ruth ESHEL, Haaretz)

Lie Like a Lion is a creation in which dance, music and stage props are in a constant evolution. The dance movements, just as the objects on stage, are all part of Yameen Godder's personal archive of solos made in the last 15 years. This time around, other than working with dancers, Godder sets to explore her own physical and emotional material in-collaboration with two musicians. While Godder unfolds layers of her fractured identity it is unclear whether the musicians are her allies or conspires.   Between disguise and pretense Lie Like a Lion takes us into a journey made of imaginary, fake and fantastical narratives. Movement structures are intertwined with bold and raw live music performance which forcefully engages us with Godder's reflection on her work and proposals for the future. 

Choreography and Performance: Yasmeen Godder 

Dramaturgy : Itzik Giuli 

Viola: Moshe Aharonov

Piano: Matan Daskal   

Lightning: Omer Sheizaf

Sound: Oren Cohen

Costumes: Adam Kalderon

Video Editing: Yonatan Bar-Or

Production and Administration: Guy Hugler

Props:  Matchbox Corset-Ruth Palmon "Aleena's Wall" (1999); Flowers Corset , Long-Hair Wig - Anat Sternschauss " Hall" (2003); Rubber Tits Bra - Ilanit Shamia "Two Playful Pink" (2003); Lion Mask - Alona Rodeh knife, cigarettes candles " I'm Mean, I Am"  (2006);  Red Rubber Slippers, Printed Gown -Inbal Lieblich "Love Fire" (2009); Wigs, Ponpons Belt, Mouth Streamer, Clown Wig - Tom Krasny  "See Her Change" (2013); Fur installation- Gili Godiano and Ilanit Shamia; 

Star Video- Yochai Matos "See Her Change" (2013)

Musical Pieces by order of appearance:

Nico Muhly  Drones and Violin:  Material in Sevenths, Part 3 ( the 8th tune, after Thomas Tallis),  Part 5

Salvatore Sciarrino Tre Notturni Brilianti per Viola Sola - 2, 3

Nico Muhly Drones and Viola - Material in D, Part 2

Salvatore Sciarrino Tre Notturni Brilianti per Viola Sola – 1

Gal Schuster  Here/ Now for viola solo* (excerpt) *The piece was written in the frame of TPME, generously supported by the Adle and John Gray Endowment Fund

Special thanks to Dalia Chaimsky, Shuli Enosh, Uri Shafir & Ofir Yudilevitch

The world premiere of the full evening version of Lie Like A Lion was in Bassano del Grappa IT, as part of B-Motion. The first version was commissioned by Les Subsistances, Lyon FR, as part of the third edition of Festival Aire de jeu 2014 that was dedicated to the American composer Nico Muhly. The creation enjoyed the support of the Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts

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