Nur Garabli – CHE Premiere | Rebecca Laufer and Mattheus van Rossum – Dusk Premiere

Nur Garabli | CHÉ

Look us straight in the eyes.

CHÉ is a duet bringing two women together through a theatrical, physical, and vocal protest. In CHE, Garabli and her collaborator study the connection between energy and their homeland while practicing revolution and demonstration. They celebrate feminine Arab Palestinian identity by presenting their struggles as women who live under external control, silencing practices and patriarchy as an endless internal and external war.

Nur Garabli was born and raised in Ajami, Jaffa. She grew up with her mother Eman, her twin sister Yara and her grandmother Layla – three generations of Palestinian women sharing the same piece of land.

Garabli has a B.Ed in dance and education from Kibbutzim College School of Dance Arts. She is co-founder of the Taboo Group, a Palestinian women’s collective focusing on art and activism in the public space. She also collaborates with Yasmin Godder in the “Moving Together” project at her company’s studio in Jaffa. There she teaches Palestinian Dabke, and through the moving bodies, she brings together women of all ages, communities, and cultures. Nur participated in Suzanne Dellal Centre’s 1|2|3 Program for young choreographers, and she is currently performing at the Tmuna Theater with her work HaKovshim X Allenby, directed by Neta Meydan and Shaked Shneller. 

Choreography: Nur Garabli

Artistic collaborator & performer: Misan (Miso) Samara

Dramaturgy & rehearsal director: Neta Meydan

Music: Shaher Khanfar

Light design: Omer Boulanger Cohen

Photography: Inas Osrof

Rebecca Laufer and Mattheus van Rossum | Dusk

Dusk is a dance theater piece that embarks on a cosmic journey of four entities lost in time, stuck in a spectral state, unbound by reality. They are wanderers, invisible to others, and yet their experience is linked within this wilting world. It is a research in the meditation of time, grief and emotional connection. By taking away identity, it poses the question of what lies beneath. It is a play of perception and ultimately an exploration of love and loss.

“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly. What doesn’t transmit light creates its own darkness.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.56

Rebecca Laufer and Mattheus van Rossum are choreographers based in Israel. Rebecca Laufer is from the United States and received her Bachelor’s degree from Point Park Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Mattheus van Rossum is from the Netherlands. He received his Bachelors at the Amsterdam School of Arts. Rebecca and Mattheus have been collaborating since 2015. Their work has been shown throughout Israel, Europe and the United States. Both currently dance with Avshalom Pollak Dance Theater.

Choreography: Rebecca Laufer and Mattheus van Rossum 

Music: Mattheus van Rossum and Thomas Walschot

Performers: Marta-Luiza Jankowska, Joy Kammin, Gil Elgrabli,  Shani Licht 

This work was supported in part by the Rabinovich Foundation. Special thanks to the Avshalom Pollak Dance Theater for offering a space for our research.

Photo: Rebecca Laufer



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