Summer Snow by Ella Rothschild
An original creation for Batsheva Dance Company co-produced with Mart Foundation
Duration: Approx. 60 minutes, without intermission
The show contains nudity
Summer Snow is a new work by artist and choreographer Ella Rothschild created for the Batsheva Dance Company.
Set in a warehouse of emotions and objects, Summer Snow unravels a grotesque human image. The work consists of a series of surrealist scenes through which we discover the story of one character intertwined with the stories of others. The work raises questions regarding the physical and mental burdens that construct our reality and narrow our steps in it. What are the objects, memories, aspirations, and disappointments that activate us, and to which we cling – as individuals and as a group? What is left of all these when life is shaken to the core?
The occurrences on stage intersect with each other, constructing and deconstructing a web of relationships ranging from mundane to chaotic, from harmonious to turbulent. The enclosed space on the stage, built of shelves, creates a dense and claustrophobic world, an isolated island. The outside penetrates in various ways, and the explosive emotional tension quickly escalates into images of dark violence, loneliness, and insatiable emptiness.
The shelves, which once contained objects of functional and sentimental value, are now an empty reminder, a vague memory, of what will ultimately vanish.
* The stage work Summer Snow is the first installment of an art project that will include three artistic products: a dance piece for the stage, an audio-visual sphere in a designated website, and a book of drawings.
World Premiere – May 4, 2021, Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
Ella Rothschild is an award-winning choreographer, multidisciplinary artist and dancer. Rothschild was a dancer with Inbal Pinto and Avhshalom Pollak Company and Batsheva Dance Company, and created works for dance companies around the world. Rothschild is currently a member of Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot Company. Since 2006 Rothschild has created and collaborated with various artists from a broad range of disciplines. Her work combines dance, visual art and music.
In 2016, Rothschild received the Rosenblum Award for the Performing Arts by the city of Tel Aviv for a promising artist, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sports Award for a decade of creative work. In 2017 she received the Best Performing Dancer award from the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
In 2018, she created Feed for a Brazilian dance company as part of the Israel / Brazil project, and Timeline for BTT, Italy. In 2019 Rothschild created Futuristic Space commissioned and produced by the Red Brick Theater in Yokohama, Japan.
In 2019 Rothschild was a residency artist at the Brishnikov Arts Center, New York. At the same year, she was selected for Suznne Dellal Center's first artist residency program, creating the work Pigulim. In 2020 Rothschild collaborated with director Kenichi Tani, creating a choreography for his theater piece The History of Mankind for KAAT Theatre, Yokohama, Japan.
Summer Snow is Rothchild's first creation for Batsheva Dance Company.
Artistic Director, Bathseva Dance Company: Gili Navot
House Choreographer: Ohad Naharin
Executive Director: Dina Aldor
Company and Stage Manager: Yaniv Nagar
Senior Rehearsal Directors: Matan David, Noa Paran
Production Manager: Dana Katz Naaman
Technical Director: Roni Cohen
Director of Sound: David Bell
Director of Lighting: Eliav Refaeli Sewing
Workshop Manager: Haya Geiman, Tailor: Danny Kalmer
Wardobe Manager: Shoshi Or-Lavi
Production Coordinator: Yaara Sharon