Amos Ben-Tal

Israeli-Dutch choreographer Amos Ben-Tal (Haifa, 1979) started dancing at the age of thirteen in various schools in Israel and completed his training in 1997 at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. In The Netherlands he danced at Nederlands Dans Theater for nine years. At NDT he developed his passion for choreography. In 2005 his first piece Track premiered which was hailed as ‘an exhilarating theatrical experience’ by Dance Europe magazine. Since 2012 he is creating his choreographies in collaboration with his collective OFFprojects.

OFFprojects is a group consisting of former dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Ensemble, gathered around the work of choreographer and musician Amos Ben-Tal. The group creates multi-disciplinary performances and events using dance, music, text and image and is known for their ‘out of the box’ approach to dance and exceptional performing skills. Their first full-evening production OFFline (2014) received rave reviews and was soon followed by the five star reviewed performance Might (2015). For HOWL (2017) the collective received the Dioraphte Dance Prize 2016. Next to dancing, all members of the group have a secondary expertise, resulting in every aspect of the production being done in-house and forming part of a conceptual whole. OFFprojects consists of Amos Ben-Tal (dance, choreography, text, music) Aurélie Cayla (dance, educational activities), Yvan Dubreuil (dance, dramaturgy) and Milena Twiehaus (dance, video, imagery).

A surprising Sunday package deal for die hard CaDance fans: with dance, food, and good conversations. We start in the afternoon with the ingenious performance installation Seconds by Amos Ben-Tal & OFFprojects. Then we attend the new performance by Sarada Sarita, an up-and-coming talent from the Dutch urban dance scene. With the style New Way Vogue, she brings her own distinct political appeal to humanity, equality, and awareness together with dance. After a delicious meal at restaurant Floc, we continue the program with Mom:Me by Ryan Djojokarso; a multidisciplinary gem about the apparently (un)breakable bond between mother and child.

Choreographer and musician Amos Ben-Tal and his collective OFFprojects are known for their multi-disciplinary performances, events, and installations. Their out-of-the-box mentality resulted in unique projects such as the talkshow/concert/dance performance Howl that they made with poet Spinvis. The ingenious performance installation Seconds is part of the larger project 60, where OFFprojects delves into the man-made concept of time. In small groups, the audience enters Club Korzo, which is divided in smaller spaces. Each space contains its own movement and stands for a new encounter. But time is restricted and you are forced to choose. Together with the others you decide within 15 minutes how to experience Seconds.

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