The “Wallflower” Takes Center Stage -Barry Johnson, Oregon ArtsWatch
RONNI LACROUTE WILLAKENZIE ESTATE
PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2016-17
Running time 1 hour with no intermission
Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak are regarded around the world as two of Israel’s most imaginative and accomplished choreographers and directors. Returning to White Bird after almost a 10-year absence, these unique artists will bring their award-winning Wallflower. Ten dancers in fantastically colored costumes create startling shapes against a gleaming white wall and floor, set to a haunting contemporary Japanese score.
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Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company was founded in Tel-Aviv Israel, in 1992. The company consists of dancer/actors who work together to convey new stage creations informed by memories, longings, ideas, and imagination. Wallflower is a collaboration project between award winning Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak whose productions have been presented and acclaimed in Israel as well as many other countries. The piece, which has the dancers wearing colorful hand-knitted and sculptured outfits, premiered in 2014 at the sculpture gallery of the Tel-Aviv museum of Art.
∙ Based in Tel-Aviv Israel, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company was founded in 1992 by Pinto and Pollak.
∙ The Company consists of twelve dancer/actors working together and motivated by the collective wish to make connections among various artistic disciplines to convey new stage creations informed by memories, longings, ideas, and imagination.
∙ Pinto and Pollak’s productions have been presented and acclaimed in Israel as well as many other countries.
∙ Inbal Pinto started dance at the age of 13, and eventually joined the Batsheva Ensemble and then was promoted to the senior Batsheva Company. In 1990 she began her career as a choreographer.
∙ Pinto has won many awards including a Bessie for her creation “Wrapped”, The Israel’s Ministry of Culture Award for Dance (twice, once for her and Pollak), and The Tel-Aviv Municipal Award for Artistic achievements.
∙ Avshalom was trained as a classical actor, and has acted in a large number of films and television programs, as well as many theatrical plays.
∙ Wallflower is a collaboration project between Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, with 3 Japanese Musicians. The production premiered in 2014 at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, at the sculpture gallery.
∙ In describing a visual of Wallflower, Ora Brafman from the Jerusalem Post writes: “10 dancers, wrapped in colorful hand-knitted and sculptured outfits, like an other-worldly layer of highly textured skin.” “They move as if their bodies constantly need to relocate their centers, causing them to move into intriguing off-balance positions from which they exit in most creative manner.”
∙ Styles of Dance: Contemporary, Theatrical Dance
∙ Fun Fact: Inbal Pinto has also worked as a graphic designer.