Embarrassment is a key point on the border between the conscious and the unconscious and between oneself and the other. Embarrassment is a door that a person keeps closed before others, and that is sometimes even closed to themselves. We can open that door to discover another side of our human experiences. Embarrassed Years takes a nonjudgmental look at our most intimate moments, our internal, physical underground, the experiences and actions we conceal from others. By repressing these human experiences, we put up borders between ourselves, our bodies and others.
Shani Granot (IL), born in 1978, is a dancer and a dance‐maker. She joined the Batsheva Youth Ensemble in 1996. In 2002 she graduated from P.A.R.T.S (Brussels). Since 2003 she has worked in close collaboration with Cristian Duarte, Peter Fol, Keren Levi, Arkadi Zaides, and Daniel Landau both in Europe and in Israel. In 2012 she created the piece An Hour with All‐Eaters, together with Nevo Romano who she has continued to collaborate with since.
Nevo Romano (IL), born in 1982, is an artist, performer and teacher. He studied violin in the Buchmann–Mehta School of Music, and graduated from the School of Visual Theater Jerusalem and the Adama Dance School, where he later taught technique and improvisation. Romano worked and collaborated with Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal, Nava Frenkel, Daniel Landau, Shani Granot and Ariel Cohen. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Dance at Sapir College.
Ariel Cohen (IL), born in 1983, is a stage artist, visual artist and a performer. He studied at Kirov Academy in Washington D.C, and has a B.A from Amsterdam Hogeschool Voor De Kunst. He danced with Batsheva Dance Company, Scapino Ballet, Bern Ballet I.T Dansa, and created number of stage works for various dance festivals in Israel. His works were also presented in several galleries in Tel Aviv. Among others he collaborated with the choreographer Osnat Kelner. Cohen designed the costumes for Sadeh21 And The Hole by Ohad Naharin and served as an assistant to Naharin for the piece Last Work.
Mataya Waldenberg, born in 1994, is an artist and musician based in Vienna. Having studied Experimental Art at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz since 2012, they focus their pieces mainly on life in between worlds. Their own body is their main medium – roaming in between male and female, the real and the fantastic.
Along with their visual, physical presence, music is Mataya's most important method of expression. All lyrics, compositions and synthesizers are of their own making, and are sometimes the product of collaboration with related souls. Their album 'LOVING ANGEL PROTOTYPE', to be released this fall, consists of ten tracks depicting raw emotion, overcoming challenges and the search for a place in the world.
Young Boy Dancing Group
Young Boy Dancing Group is a loose performance collective that includes the likes of Tomislav Feller, Nils Amadeus Lange, Maria Metsalu, Ofelia jarl Ortega, Vincent Riebeek, Nicolas Roses, and Manuel Scheiwiller. From event to event, the cast, title and scenes produced by the group change according to the venue. The show that ensues is constructed with different scenes that address sexuality, the digital age, fetishes, contemporary dance, pop and youth culture. The scenes are often constructed through structured improvisation with a prepared aesthetic approach that aims to create an entertaining spectacle.
YBDG is a critique of the institutionalized performances and dance shows produced by theaters; the group’s performances are sometimes prepared within one day, quickly built up and publicized, but no less vivid for it. In this respect, all participants influence the creation of the scenes that follow, and carry the same degree of authorship. YBDG has shown, amongst others, at: Silencio, Paris, Lithuanian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015, Chart Art Fair, Manifesta Biennale, Zürich, AHMD & Chapter 10, London, Lofficialàrt, Paris, Roskilde Festival, DK."
Bjørn Melhus studied art and film during the 90’s at the HBK, Braunschweig School of Arts and CalArts. His films, videos and installations have been screened and exhibited worldwide. Since 2003 he has worked as a Professor of Virtual Realities at the School of Art and Design at the University of Kassel.
Tamandua is a Swedish-born rope artist based in Berlin. Their imagery and performance are deeply interwoven with their passion for kinbaku - the Japan-originated art of rope bondage. They teach the practice as a profession, treating it as more than a casual interest or a skill. Rather the relation to the practice and to rope as a material becomes the primary tool of choice with which to navigate the world and life in general on a creative and emotional level.
Mikey is a songwriter and performer born in Newcastle Australia now based in Berlin by way of New York and London. He has won a place in a strikingly high number of human hearts for both his music and his iconic nightlife fashions, both of which travel into uncharted territories of gender and sexuality. His songs address unconditional states such as energetic connections on the dancefloor, annihilation in love or deep and vulnerable conversation. Throughout his music, there is an intense longing to be able to connect beyond identity, beyond body and beyond fear. He is not positioning himself inside of anyone's storyline, but giving flesh to that space where we are no one and all.