Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lilach Orenstein (IL) – Interview with our guests at L1danceFest 2019

L1danceFest 2019
Movement-based International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
18th annual edition organized by L1 Association in Budapest

Interview with Lilach Orenstein 
Photo: Roland Szabo
– How do you choose a topic for your work and how does your choice determine the fact that you travel a lot lately?
– All the topics that I am engaging with in my works emerge from daily life’s unjust encounters that we experience. For example, stop for a second and think about why is it that every day, when women choose what to wear, they need to start their day by taking into account others’ opinions more than their own will? Deciding on how you want to express your identity today is hard enough without having the need to struggle navigating the complex religious and cultural expectations that society holds of us. Choosing a bad match to society’s expectations risks being verbally or physically assaulted by our own surroundings. During my travels I have noticed that this is a world spread problem which I want to engage with.
– How does it help your professional development that you went into the big world and currently you are in the U.S. as a scholarship holder of an M.F.A. program?
– I’ve always believed that traveling the world is crucial for everyone to sharpen senses. Being able to participate in multiple programs from different countries, engaging in different ideas and learning from different cultures, gives you a unique perspective on the world and the people in it.
– What are your feelings in the prospect of getting back to L1danceFest since in 2016 you were visiting us on the jubilee, and now you are present with your own creative work?
– L1danceFest was one of the first dance festivals I have participated as a producer while I was working in Machol Shalem Dance House (MASH). The way it was organized and how smoothly everything transitioned was a sign that made me wanting to come back again as a creator one day. To be given the opportunity to come as a choreographer and be able to work with local dancers and artists towards a mutual goal is a great honor for me. Looking forward to work with amazing people.
– With whom are you working with during your stay in Budapest?
– I am lucky to have Márta Ladjánszki as my mentor and collaborate with Noémi Kovács, Emese Kovács, Barbara Jójárt, Melissa Jayne Wong and István Kovács.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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