The Book of Challenges – workshop with artists Noam Enbar and Nir Shauloff
Tuesday 23rd April, 14:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 24th April, 14:00 – 18:00
Saint Laurence Church Reading
Reading International would like to invite you to participate in this workshop.
The Book of Challenges is a meditative/ecstatic workshop, structured as a series of performative miniatures for any number of participants. Each miniature poses a discrete – musical, performative, physical – challenge for the group as a whole and its individuals.
These “challenges” are not necessarily difficult or demanding, some are rather gentle and nuanced – cutting edge instruments of self-exploration through voice, song, body awareness, inner and outer space and mutual presence.
The workshop is intended for stage-oriented students and professionals (singers, actors, performance artists, dancers) of all backgrounds.
Noam Enbar is a singer, composer and performance artist, founder of the radical Post-Rock band “Habiluim” and the Klezmer-Anarcho-Punk ensemble “Oy Division”. Enbar has written and directed music for films and Theatre and collaborated with the documentarist Avi Mograbi, and theatre-makers Yonatan Levy and Nir Shauloff. The works were shown in many venues and festivals such as Venice film festival, Berlinale Film Festival and Forum expanded exhibition, and London’s Open City Docs Fest. In recent years Enbar founded his own ensemble, “The Great Gehenna Choir”, opened a solo show at the Tel-Aviv Museum, comprising of a six months long cycle of events/happenings/works for singers, and created a participatory site-specific work for 24 singers staged in the framework of Mekudeshet (Sacred) festival, Jerusalem. Enbar teaches composition, choir classes, and performance at Musrara Academy of the Arts, Jerusalem.
Nir Shauloff is a theatre-maker and performance artist based in Tel Aviv. His work spans various practices in the media of performance, video, text, and research. His projects and collaborations have been presented at many theatres and art venues including: Mousonturm Frankfurt, the Ruhrtriennale, Theatre Der Welt, the Schaubühne Berlin, Gessnerallee Zürich, the Pilzen Festival, the Göteborg Biennial, Pelican Bomb New Orleans, KW Berlin, MOMA New York, São Paulo Biennial, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. Since 2016, he is Artist in Residence and a fellow at the White City Center Tel Aviv.
The workshop is part of (Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies, a series of workshops, performances, and an exhibition, interrogating the relationship between artistic practices and protest movements via the performative scores of collective bodies and voices. The interdisciplinary program was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was active from 1981 to 2000. It was established by women to protest nuclear weapons being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common.
The related events will take part at Open Hand Open Space, St.Laurence Church, Greenham Common Control Tower, and other locations, 23 April -2 June 2019.
For further information please contact Steph Mitchell at Reading International
Supported by Artis Grant Programme