Kung Fu – Dan Robert Lahiani & Yoanna Blikman

The Karnaf Granovsky Hall, Monday December 3, 11:00pm

A creation by Dan Robert Lahiani & Yoanna Blikman

Choreography and performance: Yoanna Blikman

Sound and Video: Dan Robert Lahiani

Guidance: Sharon Balaban and Ruby Edelman

KUNG FU is a project initiated by Dan Robert Lahiani, who chose to resurface amateur video footage of Kung Fu competitions from Yoanna Blikman’s childhood in Paris, shot with an 8mm camera by her father. The films show the inside of a Parisian gymnasium, where competitions take place in the presence of prestigious Chinese and French Kung Fu masters.
In present day Israel, Yoanna tries to communicate with these videos. In this attempt to interact with the past, she recollects memories in her body and finds new connections through her dance faculties. The fact that her body has changed from that of a child to that of a woman creates this impossibility of a copy, of a perfect “unison,” marking the beginning of a period of research in a different time and a different country.
While performing, Yoanna interacts with moving portraits of herself at a young age. She edits the footage live and duplicates moments of herself. She decides on the duration and rhythm of the portraits and creates a mix of live images and sound.

The work was developed in the framework of Machol Shalem Dance House in collaboration with the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.


Dan Robert Lahiani & Yoanna Blikman

Born in Paris in 1989, Yoanna Blikman is a dancer,  performer and photographer who has lived in Israel for 9 years. At a young age, Blikman started to learn Kung Fu with the master Chang Xiao Yan. When she became a teenager, she got into photography and started working as a model during experimental photography sessions. Afterwards, she decided to go onto the other side of the camera and worked as a photographer. As she was studying acting in Paris (at  Laboratoire de l’Acteur) and in Tel Aviv (Yoram Levinstein), she showed deep interest for movement and body language, which led her to continue her research in the contemporary dance school: the Group in Jaffa. While graduating from a B.A at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, in movement and choreography, she achieved a seminar which explores the fundamental relation between body and language, in a psychoanalytic context. She graduated with a final work called “Body Montage” which is a study on photography through her own body.
In the past years, she has performed her creations in important art centers, galleries, and festivals such as Dock 11 (Berlin), Experimentica Festival, Chapter (Cardiff), the Neu now Festival for emerging european artists (Amsterdam) and the  International Dance Week Jerusalem).

Born in Paris, Dan Robert Lahiani is a video artist, currently based in Israel. After a master’s degree in civil engineering ( Lycée Louis Le Grand, Mines de Nancy), he moved to Israel to achieve his first project as an engineer in a solar energy company. His challenge was to develop a system capable to convert grayscale images into temperature maps, thanks to visual range cameras. ​After two years, he decided to quit his work in order to devote himself to his interest in art.

Lahiani draws his inspiration from familiar and unfamiliar spaces which he uses as a starting point. He manages to tell stories in a surrealistic language, melting fiction and documentary. He also puts himself into performative characters, alone or with his partner artist Yoanna Blikman. In 2013, he started studying at The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design of Jerusalem, in the Screen Based Art department. His works were exhibited in Museums and galleries (The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Mana Contemporary Chicago), and were part of official selections in experimental film festivals in the U.S and in Europe.