18, 19 June
Summer Snow: Batsheva Dance Company International premiere
Summer Snow is a new work by artist and choreographer Ella Rothschild created for the Batsheva Dance Company. Commissioned by the Mart Foundation for the Mart International Festival, Summer Snow premiered on May 4-6, 2021 at the Suzanne Dellal Center.
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.
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.
Among her works: Acord, 12 Postdated Checks, Judah, Jesus With Soy, Sal, Flood, Dood, and IMO the mouth is redundant. 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 Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York. In the same year, she was selected for Suzanne Dellal Center's first artist residency program, creating the work Pigulim. In 2020 Rothschild collaborated with director Kenichi Tani, creating 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. The work is co-produced with the Mart Foundation.
Mart International Festival of Culture features a dynamic and diverse program of events, showcasing new directions in theater, music, and dance.