Hillel Kogan (ISR)
We Love Arabs
Can dance be politically controversial, choreographically ambitious and funny as well? Israeli dancer Hillel Kogan and his Israeli-Arab colleague Adi Boutrous prove it can. Their duet begins like a rehearsal: Hillel Kogan introduces himself as a choreographer planning a piece about coexistence, the self and the other. This requires a second dancer, preferably an Arab.
A fresh self-ironic engagement with the realities of the Middle East conflict follows. When Boutrous does what Kogan demands of him, his every move is ambiguous.
«We Love Arabs» touches on issues to do with nationality, religion and identity, and highlights clichés and prejudices with humour and a lack of political correctness. The dancers' performance testifies to how much Arabs and Israelis actually have in common. In 2013 the Israeli Dance Critics Circle honoured Hillel Kogan as an «outstanding choreographer».
Hillel Kogan Dance
Adi Boutrous, Hillel Kogan Music
Kazem Alsaher, using works by W. A. Mozart Light
Amir Castro Costume Design
Evelyn Terdiman Artistic Advisor
Inbal Yaacobi, Rotem Tashach Production
The Choreographers Association of Israel, Tmuna Theatre, Tel Aviv Funding
Embassy of Israel in Berlin