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.