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Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor


10th October 2019

A4 – space for contemporary culture           

Niv Sheinfeld &Oren Laor

Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor have been creating together since 2004, and have established themselves in the forefront of the Israeli dance field. Sheinfeld’s background in dance and Laor’s background in theatre, allow for a blending of the genres, combining dance with performance art and physical theatre in their creations.

In their work, Sheinfeld and Laor reflect on personal experiences and motivations, and on social and political agendas. Their dance vocabulary creates a bridge between the more traditionally defined dance, and contemporary openness to fresh forms of expression, drawing their inspiration from both high art and pop culture.
They create their own independent projects, and were also commissioned to create works for several dance companies.

Their work Two Room Apartmentwas chosen ‘Best Performance of the Year’ in 2013 by the Israeli Dance Critics Circle, and their work The Third Dancewas crowned as the ‘Most Moving Performance’ in 2018.

Sheinfeld and Laor teach performance and movement research in dance and theatre academies in Israel and around the world, and they are also members of the artistic committee of Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv.


Third Dance

Choreographed and performed by: Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor
Inspired by The Third Danceby: 
Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal(1990)

Music: Gustav Mahler, Elton John, Steve Harley, Alphaville

Rehearsal manager & advisor: Yael Venezia, Melanie Berson
Artistic consultant: 
Keren Levi
Light Design: 
Rotem Elroy
Still photos: 
Efrat Mazor

Co-producers:Theater im Pumpenhaus (Munster, Germany), andCCNR (Rillieux la Pape, France).

In their new work, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor reflect upon themes of love, mortality and the need to be acknowledged. The Third Dancestarts with romanticism and its clichés – music by Mahler, flowers and a record player – but gradually uncovers a basic human need that lies beneath these cultural symbols.

Following Two Room Apartmentfrom 2012, The Third Danceis the second creation by Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor that is inspired by the work of Liat Dror & Nir Ben Gal.

A couple in life and on stage, Sheinfeld & Laor revisit a seminal piece in Israeli dance and contemplate on it from a contemporary stance acknowledging the time that has passed since their last duet: the changes in their bodies and relationship, their perception of stage and space and their interaction with the audience.