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"The representation of the void is always a

representation which is full" (Henri Bergson)

Developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ausencia is a duet performed by one dancer, dealing with the body and its absence, the possibility of touch, and the lack of such possibility. Between longing and frustration, dancer Ariel Gelbart acts and moves in the empty space as he communicates with things we cannot see. During the process a duet was developed with dancers Ariel Gelbart and Moran Muller, knowing that the duet is meant to be performed by Gelbart only. Thus, when removing his dancing partner, Gelbart’s movements were deprived of their functionality while revealing what remains when the motivation for the movement is eliminated and the focus shifts to the negative space of the movement itself. The audience witnesses the body of the dancer being influenced and moved, without seeing the source of his actions, allowing different interpretations and questions regarding one’s drive to arrive. The work reintroduces the sense of physical deprivation forced upon us by the pandemic.


Concept and choreography: May Zarhy
Dancer performer: Ariel Gelbart / Keren Lurie Pardes
Created with the dancers: Moran Muller, Ariel Gelbart
Music: Daniella Ljungsberg

Distribution: Fauves - Agency for the Performing Arts (Léa Chalmont + Julia Danila)


The Fund for Independent Artists, Ministry of Culture and Sports

Center for Contemporary Art Tel-Aviv-Yafo CCA

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9.3.2021 | CCA Tel Aviv, Israel
20 - 21.3.2021 | CCA Tel Aviv, Israel

7.8.2021 | Tel Aviv Dance, Suzanne Dellal Center Tel Aviv

4.12.2021 | International Exposure, Suzanne Dellal Center

24 - 25.12.2022 | CCA Tel Aviv, Israel

10.1.2023 | CCA Tel Aviv, Israel

15 - 17.5.2024 | CCA Tel Aviv Israel

20.6.2024 | Festival Danza Estate Bergamo Italy

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