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Photos: Paolo Porto / Umberto Dolcin / Nadia Perlov

First Things 

Imagine it.
A world where there is no distance between it and our knowledge of it. How, then, to speak about it? Perhaps we are left entirely focused on tuning ourselves inward as one tune an instrument to achieve precision. First Things focuses on the different aspects of the performerʼs experience of himself in the world.

Each part starts from a simple premise; one body- one point in space,

one body- one beat, one body- one word.

Gradually, an accumulation of tasks challenges the performer to hold on to the existing structure, eventually creating a fracture in the fabric of the choreography and unraveling a new emotional and visceral horizon.

First Things peeks between what is being said and what is said between the lines—brick by brick, a personal attempt to touch the humane-- a visible trap.

Duration: 55min

Shorts "First Things'

Short Intro

Selected Reviews

03.08.2023 Ran Brown, Haaretz (en)  (he)

07.08.2023 Anat Zeharia, Hamevakeret (en)  (he)

14.08.2023 Ora Brafman, the Jerusalem Post (en)

Choreography: Michael Getman

Performer: Ariel Gelbart

Dramaturge: Yael Venezia

Music: O-taiko by master Eitetsu Hayashi //

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor _ Daniel Barenboim

// Iannis Xenakis - Pléiades II. Métaux

Original sound: Gal Hochberg

Sound design: Gal Hochberg, Michael Getman

Light Design: Nadav Barnea

Light Technician: Baruchi Spigelman


Camera: Nadia Perlov Editor: Michael Getman

Branding & Social Media: Laetitia Boulud

International relations: Gloria De Angeli


The work is supported by the Derrida Dance Center/ Bulgaria, the Pais Lottery Foundation,

The Suzanne Dellal Center, The Ministry of Sport and Culture in Israel, the Rabinowitch Foundation, and the Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts.

Co-Producer: HangartFest, Pesaro Italy

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