Inbal Pinto- LIVING ROOM (world premier) at Suzanne Dellal, November 12

For the past three decades, Inbal Pinto maintains an acclaimed career here and abroad as a choreographer with unique attributes. Although her work evolved and broadened over the years, her dance creations maintained their ties with the dance-theater genera, bordering on the surreal.

In recent years, Pinto had left the company she founded years ago to become an independent choreographer. Now, she premieres a highly challenging piece- Living Room- which originally started as a solo piece.  Her first,  designed for dancer Moran Muller during the Covid lock-up days. Eventually it morphed into a solo/duet hybrid when dancer Itamar Serussi joined for the second half. It enabled the work to deepen and enrich its narrative and diverse emotional scope.

Now both needed to portray characters which use quirky physical attributes and perplexing emotional manifestations, while convincing viewers that inside, they are just like us, but with a twist. 

Working on the minute details of the choreography as if she was weaving a silk carpet, Pinto polished the finer layers of the narrative, emotional landscapes, intimate relations between performers and stage's objects, a practice which became her work's signature.

 In that sense, she treated each element in the work with delicacy and precision not practiced too often.   Furthermore, artistically, her choices in regard to movement and overall design are transparent, from day one. Thus, she managed in the past, and certainly now, to conceptualize an encapsulated imagined universe outside of reality, which is totally human.

The characters' moves were fragmentized and often didn't sync, as If each limb has its own will in order to create an estranged ambiance.  In their world, a chair than moves at will, a light fixture interacts with the dancer or a man that crawls out of a small commode adjacent to the wall can be perceived as normal, so is a person that disappear through a crack in the  wall right into the next phantasm universe. On last scene, we see it on the back screen as a spirit surrounded by  fireflies, birds in the most beautiful monochromatic red garden, painted by Inbal Pinto. 

In hindsight, the performance was hand tailored for dancer Moran Muller, as her tour de force.

Pinto's Living Room is a gem, immersed in beauty and solitude, with inherent need to reach out and touch as part of our fluid existence.  One stands in owe when an artist can share his ingenuity and soul in such a cohesive manner, and Pinto could.