Meeting Brian Wash
The work examines the ways in which brainwashing techniques are employed in order to oppress resistance among people; how social or physical systems manipulate us into blind obedience. Meeting Brian Wash was commissioned by the Performance Art Arena in Jerusalem, lead by the artistic direction of Doron Tavori. On stage, five performers alternatively assume the roles of a manipulating group and a manipulated individual. The performers subject each other to various experiments according to each person’s own pressure point. A totalitarian-like figure (played by Tavori) is projected on screen and monitors their every move. Meeting Brian Wash was premiered at Tmuna Theater, Tel Aviv, 2008.
Credits & CollaboratorsChoreography & Direction Arkadi Zaides Associate artistic creation and lighting Itay Weiser Cast Sascha Engel , Shani Granot, Amit Hadari, Danny Neyman , Doron Tavori, Sharon Zuckerman Weiser Text Sharon Zuckerman Weiser Costumes Eran Shani Production Anat Cederbaum Co-produced by Hazira - Performance Art Arena (IL)→
For all our Flemish and Dutch speaking friends, the Belgian magazine Etcetera has released an article by theater scholar Esther Tuypens discussing the use of empathy in performing arts. The article analyzes mechanisms of emotional identification in Arkadi Zaides’ creation Archive as well as in Milo Rau’s Empire. It is available online→
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