Last Date, a performative event by Noa Dar with a collaboration of artists from various art fields, was created under a strict time frame of creation and a performance’s duration limited to 1 round hour, set to be performed for the first time on the very last evening of the year.
The work examines the significance of materiality and sensory qualities of time and ranges between endings and beginnings, withdrawals and advances.
‘Last Date' pauses at moments of no return and examines options of reversibility and resetting. It wonders about the urge to act– whether out of necessity or of desire? It reflects on the meaning of a 'deadline' and where do we position ourselves in relation to passage and accumulation of time.
The audience in ‘Last Date’ is placed in rows, in front of a large mirror, where the performers are moving in between those rows. All 'happenings' are seen both directly and as a mirror’s reflection that disrupts the perception of space, and thus the sense of time .
The intimate relation, both attractive and disturbing, as well as the blur of roles between performers and viewers, transforms the audience into a physical partner in an experience that challenges boundaries of space, time and identity.
'Last Date' is a multidisciplinary work for 5 women – 2 Dancers, an actress, a vocal artist and a visual artist activating a live installation.
By: Noa Dar
Performers: Michal Mualem, Noa Shavit, Amit Hadari, Tomer Demski |
Performative installation: Noa Raz Melamed |
Music and performance: Tomer Demsky |
Lighting design: Yair Vardi |
Photography: Tamar Lamm
World Premiere: 31.12.2015, Noa Dar studio, Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration : 60 Min.
Ori J Lenkinski interview with Noa Dar at The Jerusalem Post : Click here
"Dar’s interest in the notion of a deadline pushed her to consider the many ways in which a time frame can inform movement and experience.
“I wanted to deal with time as a tangible element that we could sense, not as a concept. The structure and topic are very defined. The biggest challenge was to meet the deadline.
To create something very fast, something on the tip of the tongue, that bursts out. I knew from the beginning that the audience would be part of the show, that they would feel the show, and so they had to be in it and not in front or on the side of it. The show is one hour exactly. The audience’s space is delineated; they sit in lines that are measured exactly. The performance takes place between the rows,” she says.
Dar goes on to explain that this process was totally different from her established way of working. Usually, she enjoys long creative processes, ones that begin with a general concept and slowly get whittled down to the essence.
“I worked on Skin for six months before the premiere and continued to work on it well after,” she says.
Here, Dar and her collaborators had no more than two weeks in the studio to make heads or tails of this work.
“We went in, and the strongest, clearest, most initial ideas were the ones that made it in,” she says.