After the festival

The Israeli Contact Festival is still going on but for my part it is over for now. The four days I spent in Misgav where the Greenhouse took place were very intensive. I feel that it’s easy to lose direction and also lose a lot of energy without really knowing where it went in such big events. We were 200 people and very lovely people too. There were a lot of beautiful moments during these days and also, as always, a feeling of sadness that suddenly appears for no reason. Suddenly you feel lonely, left out or just sad and don’t really know if you want to share it or dive into the feeling. Then after a while, an hour or two or sometimes a bit longer, the feeling is over.

I was fighting a stubborn cold during the whole time and the Sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi really helped in that. The rooms where we slept were very cold so now I really appreciate being able to sleep in a warm place.

Ner Rishon

Today is Ner Rishon, the first day of Hanucka. I stood next to mom & dad and we did the little ceremony of lighting the candle and saying the blessings. The best thing about Hanucka is that it’s not Christmass. In fact, the absence of Christmass here in the unholy parts of Israel (Tel Aviv, Agur) feels just great.

Knowing that i am going to be in Freiburg from February until April is of course very exciting but i also feel that i have a lot of Huzpa to make such plans (why work when you can travel around the world and dance?). I feel like the whole adventure is about to start on Tuesday when i go to the north of Israel for the CI festival, or a part of it. For anyone who hasn’t been to Israel and who is into CI or just movement improvisation i can say that there is a lot to do and experience in Israel (mostly in Tel Aviv but even in other places). From Gaga through Five Rythms, to plain old Contact Improvisation. I also like the sometimes more explicit and clear way in which some teachers here lead in introductions and classes.

Bewegung !

I got in 🙂

Very strange… today i felt very happy and at the same time not really able to jump in joy and shout or do those things that people do when they’re happy (but i never really do those things). But anyway, i AM happy and really looking forward to the next few months.

So the plan is: USA in January, then a quick and busy visit to Sweden (leave the appartment, move my things…) and then in February – Freiburg !!

🙂

Red like the sea

Little womenAfter a swim in the Red SeaAhh ! Eilat in December is pure joy.

The sun is shining, it’s warm outside but not too warm, and the sea is waiting for you to wrap yourself in it.

Of course i also get the bonus of spending some time with the lovely Lev family. Neomi (5+) continues to impress with her vocabulary and expressional precision and Ya’ara (3+) really likes pasta with cheese! But only if she can put the cheese on it herself.

Gaga?

So now it’s time for me to try Gaga. I don’t know much about it except that it is developed by Ohad Naharin.  A really short text about it can be found here:

http://www.bodyways.org/pages/flyer.asp?pic_id=3708&id=6054

And some more at the Suzanne Dellal Center’s website, here:

http://www.suzannedellal.org.il/view_page.aspx?p=50

The class today was very nice! Lots of body parts, circles and changing tempo. Next class tomorrow 🙂

I think i took 5 different cables with me on this trip: the power cable for the computer, the charger for the camera, the charger for the mobile phone, the USB cable for the i-pod…. and another cable that i thought was the USB cable for the camera, and at the same time i thought it looked a bit different than how i remembered it…

Well, it IS different. And totally the wrong cable. So i cannot upload any pictures… I was looking forward to make some swedes jealous with a couple of pictures from the beach in Tel Aviv but i guess that will have to wait.