THE FLIGHT OF THE DOVE
Premier: 24.5.2011 in Israel Festival
Based on a novel by Yuval Shimoni
Created by Ruth Kanner
With the group’s actors: Ronen Babluki, Shirley Gal-Segev, Dafna Arcavi, Adi Meirovitch, Guy Salman, Tali Kark
Design: Sivan Weinstein | Lighting: Shaked Vax| Music: Ronen Shapira | Musical Performance: Tsvi Peterkovski
Assistant Director: Yael Biegon-Citron | Idea Developing: Nana Ariel | Language Advisor: Ofer Sagi | Project Manager: Tal Harari | Production: Irit Sturm, Bat-Sheva Dance Company | Set Manufacturer: Moshe Hason
Premiere: The Israel Festival 2011
One evening and one morning in the lives of three people in Paris: A tourist couple visiting The City of Lights and a woman living there alone. Winter night falls. The three do nearly the same things simultaneously: The couple arrives at the hotel and goes to sleep. The French woman takes a bath at her one-bedroom apartment and goes to bed. In the morning all three will go out to town, the tourist couple to visit a famous tourists’ site and the single woman to carry out a desperate decision. When the three meet at the foot of the Notre Dame cathedral, no divine eye will observe with care from above, no angel will descend to save.
The two stories, the story of the couple and that of the woman, are told alternately (in the book: One page for one of the stories, one page for the other, and it is the reader who decides which of the two to accompany on their way; whereas in the show: two parallel / alternating realities on the stage), unto the last sentence, which combines the two stories into one.
Youval Shimoni writes about the desperate, persistent attempts of human beings to cling to a small or large piece of happiness. His work examines the question of the power of art, and of man himself, the artist of his own life, to contend with the ungraspable dimensions of existence- with the minuteness dictated by life events and the enormity of the surrounding world, both limitless.
“…Only …he who faces his own loneliness and desperation […] can reach moments of grace, of compassion and participation. Youval Shimoni gave us a glimpse into this truth[…] As long as such works of literature are created we are not doomed to remain alone.” (Batya Gur, “Loneliness as a Magnificent Hell”)