Shape On Us
Shape On Us is a composition for nine people with tremendous and beautiful physical diversity. The artistic process is based on a common understanding by the group of dancers – to tell the truth. This is translated through moments of stability and instability, risk-taking, tension and extreme relations, reality and imagination, support, loneliness, vulnerability and love – in a space that evolves from separate bodies and their personal stories to the creation of one body, a connected human tissue that is soft and comforting. The project creates an inverted world, one that is adapted and structured in the first place for all of us. A world that opens the curtains and invites the viewer to a curious and unapologetic look at the body, the movement, and the space between us.
This video is an excerpt of a full evening-length work.
The Vertigo Dance Association was founded in Jerusalem in 1992 by the couple Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al. The Vertigo Dance Company under the artistic direction of Noa Wertheim is an exceptional contemporary dance company that promotes the creation of art with a social, environmental and community statement, stemming from a commitment to in-depth research of human nature and our relationship with the environment. Vertigo celebrates 20 years since the establishment of the unique Power of Balance integrated dance project led by Hai Cohen and Tali Wertheim – dancers, creators and dance teachers. The performances, the workshops, the annual program and the teacher training of the Power of Balance are for dancers and participants with and without physical disabilities and are based on contact improvisation.
Sharon Fridman has been working with his company in Madrid, Spain since 2006. In Israel, he danced with the Ido Tadmor Dance Company, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and the Vertigo Dance Company. Throughout his career he and his company have won various awards, including the Max Award for Best Dance Performance for 2015 and the Max Award for Best Choreography for 2019. Many international companies hold Sharon Fridman’s creations in their repertoire.