presented by LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture
dance solo by Doron Perk
*** Nominated for a Bessie Award in the category of Outstanding Performer ***
A dance solo exploring themes of grief and heritage, inspired by many visits to my grandfather in the last few years of his life. I created this performance to both deal with my personal loss as well as my identity as a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor. The dance language ranges from contemporary ballet to free-form improvisation and uses Israeli folk dance to reach emotional climaxes. Through the framing narrative of a visit, I dance out embodied memories, using the movements to evoke forgotten sensations. It is the result of a two-year process, brought to life thanks to the support of LABA - Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City.
40 minutes / adaptable
"Perk’s facility and uniqueness as a mover, as well as careful crafting of the atmosphere through varied stylistic approaches, created something satisfying and intriguing... Grandfather Visit is an Exhibit A of how artists can present something that bloomed from deep inside themselves, but which can also connect with things deep inside their audience members."
- Kathryn Boland of Dance Informa. read more