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This Gentle Moment

Hi Absalon,
in the cell,
in Tokyo or Paris?
you scream (at me)
I scream (at you)
we stay apart
we, meaning you
meaning gone

With This Gentle Moment, I am creating a duet film for two performers built on the materialization and physicalization of encounters around queer lived experiences. In directing my attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, I want to set off on a choreographic reflection on living in and with a pandemic at a time when our society as a whole has been gripped by one anew.

This Gentle Moment is the first of a series of three works that are inspired by visual artists who passed away from HIV/AIDS. As a choreographer, I am negotiating the essence of their artwork from the perspective of contemporary dance. This Gentle Moment is a homage to Meir Eshel Absalon’s work Proposal for a Habitat. We built and inhabited spaces in which we ask for the relationship between queer (social) bodies and places to experiment with isolation and its resonance. (Nitsan Margaliot)

Film by Nitsan Margaliot | Dance Eli Cohen & Nitsan Margaliot | Direction and Editing Dalia Castel | Camera Michelle Ettlin | Second Camera Dalia Castel | Dramaturgy Juan Corres Benito, Laura Kirshenbaum | Script Advisor Chelsea Zeffiro | Music Grégoire Simon | Voice Dan Touitou | Costumes Eran Shanny | Set Design Nitsan Margaliot, Gil Shachar, Nevo Bar | Technical Management Torsten Litschko | Production Management Uta Engel

In co-production with and supported by English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center.
This Gentle Moment is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.
The film was screened at the Jewish Filmdays Frankfurt 2022.

Watch on the SPECTYOU catalog
Review by Anna Chwialkowska

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