Our approach to a creative process is influenced by the invisible threads of interactions. Understanding movement as functional means for survival guides us to seek and emphasize the individual's instinctual movement. We explore presence and believe it manifests mainly as the nervous system calibrates information. Therefore, in order to evoke phenomenology, we aim to disorient the performer's perception, which enhances a desirable presence in the immediacy of a performative event.
a collaboration of dance and brain-research
ALL-MOST is a piece for 5 dancers that exist in the space 'between almost and touching”. The essence and creative process of the piece is a result of an innovative collaboration between choreographer Ella BenAharon & neuroscientist Dr. Asaf Bachrach. The two bring to the studio as well as the theater space research practices, and offer – in real time – an experiment that documents physiological and cognitive responses of the dancers as well as the audience to touch and relationships.
Originally performed by Ella & Edo, the duet emerges from the theory of Separation and Individuation by psychoanalyst, Margaret Mahler, and is in dialogue with motifs from "Roamn Charity" by painters such Rubens. The duet looks at the influences these developmental processes between baby and his mom has on our adult relationships in life. The duet won 3rd prize as well as Audience Award at the Zawirowania choreographic competition, Poland, 2014
Ich Bin Du
Ich Bin Du is based on Ella's MFA thesis research: investigation of Infant reflexes as a base for developing a choreographic approach that seek not only to prevent the performer from falling into automated patterns, but encourage phenomenology. The return to the primal, the most origin of movement that stems from a survival mechanism, is an analogy to a process of integration between times and identities into a clear present.
The world of three characters emerges from the investigation and allows for relationships, rituals, questions, and an ongoing duality in their perception of themselves in the world.
Pericardium (the sac that encompasses the heart) stemmed from the need to understand the defense mechanisms that evoke emotional and physical creation of walls - interpersonal, cultural, and national. The piece presents a duet that exists in a modular space, weaved with video art, original music, and audience participation.
Pericardium was created as a “Trialogue” - a conversation between architecture, video, and dance - that seeks to investigate the influence of the body on the spatial environment, as well as the influence of the space on the living body.
Presented as an interactive installation (This=Place Me) at Intimadance Festival, TLV (2011) as well as The Conscious Body III, Paris (2014)
Dancing, filming, editing: Ella Ben-Aharon
Created as part of Ella’s MFA Thesis research,and was featured at ‘dança em foco’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012)
Concept, filming, editing: Ella Ben-Aharon
Dancers: Michelle Grant-Murray, Tiffany Fish • Music: Eric Berman
Concerto for two men
Created as part of Ella’s MFA thesis research (2011)
Concept, filming, editing: Ella Ben-Aharon
Dancers: Edo Ceder, Lior Ophir • Music: Vivaldi
Video-Dance that was created as part of the creative process towards Pericardium.
The video was featured at the Tina B Contemporary Arts Festival, Prague (2010)
Filming: Dan Farberoff, Skype • Editing: Ella Ben-Aharon
Dancers: Sharon Danon, Ella Ben-Aharon, Edo Ceder
This work marks the beginning of “Trialogue”, an ongoing collaboration with architect Matthias Neumann, and video artist Adi Shniderman. It was conceived at the MAKOR artist-in-residency program of the 92nd St. Y, NYC, 2006.
Choreography: Ella Ben-Aharon • Architecture: Matthias Neumann • Video: Adi Shniderman
Dancers: Carmen Nicole Smith, Jonathan Fredrickson, Ruby MacDougall, Stephanie Miracle
The piece is inspired by the images described in the book of “Lamentations”.
Choreography: Ella Ben-Aharon
Composer: Brian Stearns • Lights: Benoit Beauchamp • Costumes: Rachel Eberhard
Dancers: Angel Vasquez, Norma Fong, Ryan Barrios, Robin Wilson, Leo Gallo, ErikSpeth, Brook Smiley, Kelly Branch, Chia Chen Shen
Musicians: Alex Macy, James Mark ,Erick Kitnick, Brian Stearns • Video: Dave Cabrera
Commissioned by the CalArts School of Dance, 2003