Vertigo Dance Company, an acclaimed Israeli dance troupe founded in 1992, brings Mana to the ADF stage in their first festival visit. Choreographed by Artistic Director Noa Wertheim, Mana is a meditation on transformation, connection and home.
The aim of the choreography, according to Ms. Wertheim, is to capture an idea or a feeling, rather than simply tell a linear story. She explores the idea of a vessel—our bodies, our home—and the dynamic between the internal and external of that vessel. Performed on many international stages, including Korea, Italy and the US, Mana audiences respond differently in each location, in large part due to the abstract nature of the work. Providing the space for audiences to feel a piece is important to Ms. Wertheim. “I am a very abstract person,” she states. “It is not always easy for me to explain the movement… the important thing is for the audience to experience a feeling, not just understand a story.”
Vertigo Dance Company closes their two-night run at the Durham Performing Arts Center tonight, Saturday, July 14th. For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.