White Bird Uncaged Launches with Long-Awaited Return of Israel’s Inbal Pinto-Avshalom Pollak Dance Company

FAMED INBAL PINTO & AVSHALOM POLLAK DANCE COMPANY TO PERFORM MESMERIZING WORK THAT FEATURES COMPLEX MOVEMENT AND HYPNOTIC JAPANESE SCORE.

What: Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, Wallflower
Presented by: White Bird Uncaged
When: Thursday – Saturday, October 20-22, 2016, 8:00 pm
Where: Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Season Sponsor: Ronnie Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate
Sponsors: Nancy & George Thorn, Portland Jewish Academy, Willamette Week
US Tour supported by Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America. Further support from the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.

Tickets: Starting at $25, available at whitebird.org and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).

“An ode to color, space and sound” –The Times of Israel
The choreographers encapsulated an engrossing mini-universe that at times took the breath away with an abundance of unexpected compositions, often endearingly poetic and richly detailed elements, elevating their craft to new heights.”
The Jerusalem Post

After almost a 10-year absence, White Bird is excited to present Israel’s acclaimed Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company with the West Coast premiere of their new work Wallflower. Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak are regarded around the world as two of Israel’s most imaginative and accomplished choreographers and directors. Previously appearing in the White Bird Dance Series at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Oyster, 2006; Shaker, 2008) Pinto and Pollak’s company will launch the new season of White Bird Uncaged, at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University on October 20-22, 2016. In the mesmerizing Wallflower, ten dancers in fantastically colored costumes create startling shapes against a gleaming white wall and floor, set to a haunting contemporary Japanese score.

Wallflower is a collaboration project between Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak, and three Japanese composer/musicians, Umitaro Abe, Hirofumi Nakamura, and Mayu Gonto, whose haunting recorded score accompanies the performances. The production premiered in 2014 at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art in the sculpture court, and was then remounted for the proscenium stage at the Suzanne Dellal Centre/Tel Aviv, when it won the Israel Critics Circle Award for Best Dance Performance. Wallflower also travelled to Tokyo-Japan where it received critical and audience acclaim. Unlike Pinto and Pollak’s previous productions, known for detailed theatrical environments with sets and props and a thematic narrative, in the 60-minute Wallflower, the two creators opt for white walls and bare space, where movement itself is the content, and within those constraints, Pinto and Pollak’s brilliant originality shines even brighter.

In the words of Ayelet Dekel, Midnight East: “Paint comes to life, the dancers move, creating startling shapes and fascinating configurations. There is a dream path through this universe, floating on sound and image, one watches, mesmerized. Yet this is only one path of many. Bound between the white walls of the gallery are seemingly endless associations and ways of viewing. Wallflower emerges as one of Pinto and Pollak’s most powerful pieces; it feels like an artistic collaboration with the universe.”

Inbal Pinto began her formal dance training at age 13. She studied graphic arts at The Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and worked as a graphic designer during her army service. As a dancer, she first joined The Batsheva Ensemble and then was promoted to the senior Batsheva Company. In 1990, she began her career as a choreographer. She was invited to the American Dance Festival to take part in its International Choreographers Program in both 1997 and 1998. In 2000 she won a Bessie – the New York Dance and Performance Award for her creation “Wrapped.” Inbal Pinto also created the choreography for theatrical works, such as “The Chairs” and “Romeo and Juliet”. In 2000, she was given the Israel’s Ministry of Culture Award for Dance and the Tel Aviv Municipal Award for Artistic achievements.

Avshalom Pollak was trained as a classical actor and graduated from The Nissan Nativ Drama School in Tel-Aviv. He acted in a large number of films and television programs as well as many theatrical plays at The Habimah National Theater, The Cameri Theater, Gesher Theater and The Haifa Municipal Theater. (Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; Casssio in Othello; Valere in The Miser; Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, Phillip in Orphans and more). Since 1992, Avshalom Pollak has been working with Inbal Pinto, with whom he founded Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company.

In 2011 Pinto and Pollak were given Israel’s ministry of culture award for creation of Toros and Rushes Plus. In 2003 they directed, choreographed and designed the opera Armide by Christoph Willibald Gluck. In 2013 they directed, choreographed and designed the original musical The Cat That Lived a Million Times by Yoko Sano in Tokyo, and the opera The Cunning Little Vixen by Leos Janacek in Bergen Norway.

Together, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak have created, choreographed and designed the following works for their company: 1999 – Oyster a co-production with The Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France. Winner of The Israel Theater Academy Award for the year 2000 as The Best Production in Stage Arts category. 2002 – Boobies a co-production with DeSingel Theater, Antwerp, Belgium. 2006 – Shaker.  2007–Rushes—a collaboration with Pilobolus Dance Theatre (2007), 2008—Hydra a co-production with Saitama Arts Foundation, Israel Festival 2008 and, Gold Fish. 2013. 2014—Dust  and Wallflower A Collaboration with Tel Aviv Museum of Art. 2015.

White Bird Uncaged 2016-17 is supported by Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate and the National Endowment for the Arts.
White Bird’s 19th season (2016-17) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund; Work for Art; The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Starseed Foundation, and WESTAF.

White Bird Uncaged Launches with Long-Awaited Return of Israel’s Inbal Pinto-Avshalom Pollak Dance Company