More Writings

"Eyesaurus – Frida" (1998)


Noa Dar, one of the greatest choreographic talents on the Israeli dance scene, lets the forms of Frieda’s figurations step out of the canvass. Noa Dar dose not stage Frieda Kahlo biography: in her piece, the life of Frieda plays a role only as far as it becomes a part of her imagistic oeuvre. A surreal spectacle begins that builds exclusively on body language, occasionally blends in autobiographical texts from Kahlo. The piece alternating between gentle movements and sharply chiseled forms, a quality from which the spectator cannot escape. In the end, partaking of Kahlo’s fate, they themselves become a part of her work.”

– Hartmut Regitz, "Ballet Int. – Tanz Aktuell", Berlin


“…This is much more then an homage’ for a unique artist. It seems to me that Noa Dar succeed not only in bringing some aspects from Kahlo’s life, but moreover, she penetrates into the heart of her art, and manages to transpose some of her familiar plastic images into impressive images of dancing. This combines with an impressive dance-theater, centered around dancers with a strong stage presence… In addition to the wonderfully designed carnival atmosphere, there is a fascinating expression for suffering and love, for beauty and a rich internal world”.

– Eliakim Yaron, “Ma’ariv”


" One of the most intriguing and interesting works…An atmosphere of a surrealistic carnival…The personal movement language charged with tension, and run between sharp motions and flow…the dancers interpretation is polished and in high quality… The beautiful costumes are full of imagination…".

– Ruth Eshel, "Ha'Aretz"


“In Eyesaurus there are wonderful exciting moments… From the movement aspect, it is Dar’s best work. I loved the emotional depth of the dancers. It is an exciting work and very much worth seeing.”

– Gal Alster, “Zomet Ha’Sharon”

“Peeling” (1996)


“In the color and quality of Dar, there is a connection to the place we live in.
Dar is developing as one of the most original artists in Israel.”

– Ruth Eshel, “H'Aretz”


“Dar is an original artist, with a poetic force, leading her group to an artistic perfection."

– Yaron Margolin, “Eaton Jerusalem”

“Heads In the Grass" (1994)


"This work is crystallized and has black humor, as usual with Dar's works. The design is beautiful… There is a humanistic saying in this dance which is accompanied by a constant feeling of the absurd".

– Gal Alster "Shishi"

"Eino Ela" (1996)


“The work that most openly states the relations between the political situation and the personal fate is Noa Dar's “Eino Ela”… The dancers moves as forced, hectic, and only when they "die" and serve as the theme and reason of existence for the others, do their body extends in its full length and softness".

– Gabi Eldor, "Shishi"

"Fragile" (1993)


"Noa Dar’s works demonstrate a clear and independent artistic line…Characterized by a high level of complexity and a idea spectrum of visual images and theatrical means of expression… The dance reaches poetic qualities…".

– Amir Sendler, "Kol Ha'eer"


"There are extremely powerful yet very tender moments in "Fragile"… The effect was riveting not through any didactic line but because of the exploratory dance vocabulary… The dancers gave a remarkable performance that required acrobatic agility, emotional intensity and spontaneity of action- and got them all".

– Dora Sowden, "The Jerusalem Post"

"PairImPairIm” (1993)


"First meeting, strong and right between the audience and the dance, charged
Intimacy, intentional nudity, almost like in a naturalistic theater…The interpretation is close to perfect and the movement material is beautiful".

– Dafna Hilsberg Harrari, "Ha'eer"

"Children's Games” (2002)


Noa Dar gives respect to children…the result is magnificent: a group of dancers realize on stage Pieter Brueghel’s painting "children's games" with dance, acting and acrobatic. The children are also exposed to the medieval style of costumes and are gaining a light and friendly encounter with classical music played by the Israel stage orchestra."

– Aviva Levinson, "Time-Out"


"Children's games" – the intelligent dance performance of the Noa Dar group, happens in front of a background by Pieter Brueghel's detailed painting – "children's games". The dances of the group of dancers who dressed like characters from the painting, bring to life each time another detail from the painting and emphasize all the optimistic, vitality and charming aspects that there is in this picture. This performance makes an hour of communicative and especially interesting modern dance for young audience."

– Rutha Kopfer, "Ha'aretz


"The performance "Children's games" was born in the spirit of the Belgian painter Pieter Brueghel. A play ground with out borders, full of movement and flair; integrate dance, juggling, video and acting.
Noa Dar dance group respect the young and teaches them with fun and lightness, what is a real culture.”

– Michal Sharon, "Yediot Aharonot"


“Pieter Brueghel’s painting, "Children's Games" is a wonderful inspiration for a performance by that name, which performed by the Noa Dar dance group. On stage, with a décor that shows this special painting which projected on a big screen, the talented dancer's dance different details from the painting, which is all about children and their games. With their costumes the dancers look like they just step out from the painting to invite the audience to enter Brueghel’s world… a wonderful dance performance"

– Osnat Blair, "Being Parents"

"The Dream Is A Great Painter” (2004)


“Intelligent, elegant and exciting production that stays with the spectators long after its end. The production brings to life Leah Goldberg’s beautiful poetry, and makes it accessible and available to the young audience. “The dream” is a type of those rare performances, which parents will really enjoy to accompany their children too. The level of performance is the same as for dance performances intended for adults, the dancers are professional, and so is the composition of melody and music that is very pleasant to the ear. You should take your kids. They’ll have a great time and will leave enchanted.”

  • – Ruth Copper, “Ha’aretz”

  • “The usage of beloved materials, inalienable assets of the Israeli culture, creates a feeling of familiarity for children and a feeling of warm nostalgia for adults. Leah Goldberg’s familiar words, paired with Israel’s Breit’s original music, are a winning combination.”

– Orna Ofir, “Time Out”


“An enchanting production, rich in imagination and extremely colorful. The choreography filled with inspiration and humor, the ensemble’s dancers are excellent, the costumes are great and the original music is pleasant and correctly suited to the content. This is absolutely a deserving show.”

– Tzipi Roman, “La’isha”


“The choreographer Noa Dar has created a composition of some of the poet’s gems to with the ornament of movement, acting, and poetry. Noa Dar created very clean movement, attuned to a line of innocence. The dancers switch characters with ease, and don’t hide the amusement and the spirit of childhood that has been returned to them, just as they are recognizable in Goldberg’s original text, and in Dar’s stage direction for the enjoyment of the audience of children and their parents."

– Tzvi Goren, “HaBamah website”


“The production “The dream is a great artist” enters with its head held high to the list of “the good fellas”. Wolfe, in the role of Gad, creates a character. Israel Breit composed a rich, powerful score for the dance parts. One couldn’t stop from being excited from the naïve duet between one of the dancers and Iyar Wolfe to the “Bad Boy” poem, or from the amazing visual images of “The Magic Hat”.

– Lilach Dekel, “HaBamah website”

"Ananotza” (2012)


"Ananotza" invites us to enter that initial space where anything can take place, can be discovered, where everything can change. A wondrous world of imagination and beauty which unfolds before our eyes".

– Anat Zecharia, "Yediot A'haronot"


"Noa Dar skips between reality and fantasy, between that which is familiar and the imagined, between the known and the hidden, between motion and word, joy and sadness. It is hypnotizing and the final result is poetic and moving."

– Nurit Assayag, "Ahbar Ha'ir"


Noa Dar brings to stage that which is real, a creation for children where the dominant essence is dance. 'Feathercloud' is composed of the fabric of sound and motion which offers a precise dosage between depth and a high artistic level on the one hand and entertainment together with childish fun, on the other.

– Tal Gordon "'Ha'bama' website"


"A moving collaboration of creative talents – Noa Dar and writer Shira Gefen present a piece that touches and nourishes both mind and heart"

– Rikki Cohen, "'Saloona' website"


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