Local Israeli presents Short+Sweet Dance performance

January 15, 2014 by Geoff Sirmai
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Maya Gavish – Sydney based, ex-Israeli dancer and choreographer – presents her spectacular short dance piece “Microcosm” as part of Short+Sweet Dance! 

Maya Gavish

Maya Gavish

The piece is inspired by the traditional Passover song “Chad Gadyo” and stars two young Sydney dancers Sonya Pascolini and Ella Barton.

Says Maya: “Dance and music were intertwined when they first appeared in this world… ‘Microcosm’ illustrates the outcomes of co-existence. Throughout this work, macro subjects such as leadership, ego-centrism, borders, perception and technology break through to our attention.
The piece Microcosm focuses on the integration of movement and sound that is produced by the two dancers. But beyond the dancer’s search for their own voice, the Jewish tradition echoes through the creation. I use the metaphors and interpretations of Chad Gadya to illustrate  complex nature of integrating music and dance. Using Aramic words in the piece is symbolic to the failure of both movement and language to communicate one self clearly.”

Maya Gavish moved to Sydney from Israel 6 years ago. In July 2013 she was granted a Master in Dance and Education from the Academy of Dance and Music and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2008, she joined Wesley Institute for Performing Arts, as a lecturer, choreographer and producer. Maya has an extensive stage experience resulting from numerous performances and shows as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Over the last year, she performed as the lead role in Climbing Toward Midnight with the Sydney Chamber Opera, in the direction of Netta Yashchin.  She also performed for several environmental events in a choreography created by Dean Walsh.

Microcosm it appears in Week 1 of the festival as part of company B – 24 and 25 Jan 7.30pm performances at the New Theatre, Newtown.

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