II ACTS FOR THE BLIND

Created for the L.A. Dance Project


Choreography  Roy Assaf
Assistant Choreographer  Jeremie Bernheim
Dancers Collaborators  Stephanie Amurao, Aaron Carr, Anthony Bryant, Rachelle Rafailedes, Nathan B. Makolandra, Julia Eichten, Morgan Lugo, Charlie Hodges
Text  Roy Assaf, Ariel Freedman, Martin Gimenez & the LADP Dancers
Costume Design  Janie Taylor
Light Design  Omer Sheizaf
Music Editing  Reut Yehudai & Jeremie Bernheim
Sound Engineer  Martin Gimenez
Music  Rökkurró / Svanur
Length  20 min.
Premiere  September 25th 2014 at Opéra Théâtre, Saint-Etienne

A co-production of Biennale de la Danse, Lyon & LA Dance Project


LADP photographed by Laurent Philippe

Of more interest is a work created by a relative newcomer from Israel, Roy Assaf. II Acts for the Blind starts in routine fashion, with performers in nude suits incorporating everyday gestures into enigmatic phrases, to a melancholy score. A rumination on the solitude of modern life, presumably?

Wrong. Midway through, Assaf turns the tables on us: the dancers don casual clothes, and as they proceed to re-enact the choreography, a narrator (the excellent Charlie Hodges) buoyantly explains the origins of the movement. The woman gesturing on her knees actually milks cows for a living, we’re told, while the dancer pedalling sadly downstage is training for imaginary cycling competitions; a group shuffling and throwing their hands up is actually bidding at an auction, while others perform a reverse Heimlich manoeuvre.

The whimsical narrative pokes gentle fun at the habits of dance audiences. How often, when faced with blank-faced, ominous-looking stage business, do we equate it with a meaningful statement on the human condition? A happy lesson in critical thinking — for choreographers, audiences and critics alike.
— Laura Cappelle | April 2015 | Financial Times

LADP photographed by Laurent Philippe

LADP photographed by Laurent Philippe

LADP photographed by Laurent Philippe

LADP photographed by Laurent Philippe

LADP photographed by Laurent Philippe


Roy Assaf Dance © 2015