American Playground and Two Room ApartmentIsraeli choreographers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor return to Houston for the Texas premiere of “Two Room Apartment.” On the same bill is the full-length version of “American Playground” featuring the dance artists of Core Performance Company.
“American Playground,” an excerpt of which was seen at Miller Outdoor Theatre in 2016, is an exuberant work which investigates multiple themes central to the Sheinfeld/Laor repertoire including body and culture; the individual and the group; and the tension between culture and identity. Outfitted in athletic gear, the dancers connect with the audience as they address them directly, roam into the seats, and perform captivating solos or mesmerizing group sequences. Infused in the performance are the games of an American childhood including tag, circle games, Duck, Duck, Goose and others.
Ultimately, connection drives the work and lets each dancer shine individually and alongside company members. “Two Room Apartment” brings Sheinfeld and Laor to the stage for a duet that reflects on their relationship as partners in life and as creators. Both personal and political, the work examines boundaries in various contexts: physical borders such as between territories or between two rooms, but also non-physical borders between life and performance, and the boundaries that the individual sets for oneself. This work was chosen as the Best Performance of the Year by the Israeli Dance Critics’ Circle in 2013.