Israel Patrons Circle

Noa Zuk, Ohad Fishof‘The Burnt Room’, 2016–2017

Outset Israel supported Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof in the creation of their new dance work: “The Burnt Room”. This work was part “Conditions of Political choreography”, a collaborative project by the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, curated by: Marius Babias, Sergio Edelsztein, Sophie Goltz and Chen Tamir.

Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof create dance works with an affinity for the absurd that occasionally masquerade as exotic fantasy. At the heart of their collaborative practice lies the complex interaction between the visible and auditory – both in dance and in general – whose approach is informed by a wide variety of mediums including cinema, sound art, ballet, pop music, and folkloric practices. They often integrate parallel algorithms in sound and in movement, usually accompanied by both live and recorded sound. Alongside an aesthetic vision founded upon the research of human movement, both in their stage-based works and in their videos, Zuk and Fishof often employ invented languages, dance structures inspired by ethnographic fiction, and the capacity of employing narrative as an image. The Burnt Room is designed for an audience positioned around two dancers within a unique musical setting.  

Dancers: Carmel Ben Asher, Kalvin Vu

Dancers: Carmel Ben Asher, Kalvin Vu

Noa Zuk (b.1978, Israel, lives in Tel Aviv) is a choreographer and dancer. She spent twelve years as a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company and for the past six years has been establishing herself as a choreographer, creating works for companies and performing her work around the world.

Ohad Fishof (b.1970, Jerusalem, lives in Tel Aviv) is an interdisciplinary artist whose idiosyncratic, time-based art live music and site-specific performance work, video, installation, dance, and soundtrack works have been presented worldwide.

Zuk & Fishof have been collaborating since 2007. They create dance works for the camera and for the stage. Their latest creation, Garden of Minutes, premiered in 2015 at Israel’s Curtain’s Up Festival to critical and audience acclaim. Among their other works are An Old Women Picking Up A Stone from the Ground and Carrying It Back to Her House, commissioned by Singapore’s Frontier Danceland (2014); The Nothing trilogy, which consists of a dance solo, a video, and a work for a cast of 15 dancers; and One More Song, a video that was part of numerous exhibitions and video screening programs worldwide. In 2015, Jerusalem’s Dance Arena Festival presented a program of the couple’s video work and commissioned them to make the short film, ADR (Alternative Dialogue Recording).

Conditions of Political Choreography is a research project and exhibition initiated by the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) together with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). It is aimed at commissioning new works by artists working with diverse performative strategies ranging from visual art to dance, theater, video, and stage-based and participatory practices. The majority of the works are presented consecutively, three days a week, as a “linear group show” within a space that is neither a black box nor a white cube, but a spatial intervention. Berlin-based architect and exhibition designer Markus Miessen integrated the two floors of the CCA by building a quarter-pipe stage. In the summer of 2017 Conditions of Political Choreography will take place at the n.b.k. in Berlin within a spatial intervention created by New York based artist Ohad Meromi.


Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof

The Burnt Room

Conditions of Political Choreography

A collaborative project by the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin

Curated by: Marius Babias, Sergio Edelsztein, Sophie Goltz, Chen Tamir

Tel Aviv: November 17, 2016 – January 7, 2017

Berlin: June 16 – July 16, 2017