Posts Tagged ‘Mad Siren’


Idan Cohen’s “Mad Siren”

February 20, 2012

Dear Idan Cohen,

I tonight had the pleasure of viewing Mad Siren at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. Your work in this piece exemplifies the deep research I hope to invest in my own choreography. Among my favorite things about Mad Siren are your crafting and grouping of odd numbers of dancers and your thorough use of spoken word and prop elements. I especially applaud your dancers’ understanding of the work. I left the theater this evening inspired to enter the studio and invest time in my own research. I look forward to perhaps seeing Mad Siren again in a few months, and seeing more of your work in the future. כל הכבוד!

Sincerely, Carlo




Between Einstein and Cohen

December 1, 2011

My favorite things to find in my iPhoto library are those really short video clips that were taken by accident. I don’t know why they’re there or why I don’t delete them, but by now I have come to appreciate accidentally capturing a moment.




In the spirit of randomly terrible videos, I recorded myself moving from the fourth floor of the Boyar building at Rothberg to the area just outside the Forum at Hebrew Univeristy. I ran, I walked, I passed some people. I suppose my intent is to capture what the space between those places is like, and what it’s like to move through it. I disregarded the stillness of the camera, so feel free to stop watching it if it makes you sick. Or better yet, just fast forward to the end.





This statue(?) can be found at at least two locations on campus. I remember seeing it the first day, reading the quote, and not thinking too much of it. But today, I related it to a piece I’m learning in Repertory 4. It’s Idan Cohen’s Mad Siren, which is actually showing at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv the day after tomorrow.



In the repertory class, Melanie tells us that there’s never a movement that is in complete balance. She says that the dancers in the piece are constantly researching the limits of the movement, even in performance. Essentially, the more we keep moving, and the further we go into the movement, the more easily we’ll be able to find balance, and the more interesting the movement will look.

Riding a bicycle implies that you’re actually trying to find balance through motion, and that it won’t just come to you. Going through the movement in Cohen’s repertory, we try to find more depth, length, and distance each time, never settling for complete equilibrium. What a great metaphor for life. Live, move, and research. Enough is never enough. Go forth! Etcetera.


This is a video I took of a recreational bicycle event that happened during one of my trips to Tel Aviv. Such a whimsical moment of staging, if I do say so myself.