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Noa Eshkol, Sharon Lockhart‘Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation System’, 2011

Outset Israel and Outset England jointly supported a new video installation by Sharon Lockhart, Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation System.

Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964) is a photographer and filmmaker known for creating long-term projects based on intensive research, often in collaboration with communities. The origin of her most recent project, ‘Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol’, dates back to 2008 when she was invited to conduct a research trip to explore the possibility of cultural collaboration between Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. Her visit at the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation and the scope of the multifaceted work of Noa Eshkol (1924–2007) as a choreographer, dance theorist, textile artist, and co-creator with Avraham Wachman of the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation (EWMN) system struck Sharon Lockhart as a perfect subject to explore in depth.

Lockhart conducted research in the Eshkol Foundation’s archives and closely followed the daily activities of the small group of dancers who have continued to practice, notate, and keep Eshkol’s legacy alive.

Fascinated by Eshkol’s conception of dance as a language, by her investigation of the spatial dimensions of movement, and by her and her students’ intense devotion to the perfection of the EWMN system, Lockhart created a series of works that explore these and other issues. She produced two film installations and a series of photographs in collaborations with the dancers. The two part exhibition is exhibited simultaneously at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and at the CCA, Tel Aviv.

The centerpiece of the CCA exhibition, which is supported by Outset, is a single-channel film installation ‘Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation System’ (2011). The film features a dancer who joined Eshkol’s Chamber Dance Group in the 1970s and worked with her for forty years. During the exhibition CCA hosted events, open classes, rehearsals and short performances by Noa Eshkol group, lectures and screenings

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