Michael Shapira

A selection of previous works by Michael Shapira.

1. Extended

2. Mah Nishtana

3. Glorious George The Jewish Gargoyle

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1. Extended. Premiere February 2015 at 100 Grad Berlin, HAU2.

Idea, Choreography, Performance: Michael Shapira. Mentored by Nicola Huempel

Extended, a solo by Michael Shapira, 100 Grad Festival, Berlin 2015.

Video Documentation by Mime Centrum Berlin of Extended, premiered at 100 Grad Berlin 2015, HAU2.

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2. Mah Nishtana. Premiere April 2014 in REX Cultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia. Produced by Station service for contemporary dance, and supported by Life Long Burning.

Idea, Choreography, Performance: Michael Shapira. Music by Manon Parent.

Mah Nishtana. Presentation for the Wild Card Residency, Belgrade 2014 from Michael Shapira on Vimeo.

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3. Glorious George The Jewish Gargoyle. Premiere 1 December 2012

Idea, Choreography, Performance, Sounds: Michael Shapira. Dramaturgy and Costume by Lea Kieffer.

A 6 minute excerpt from the performance at ADA Studio in December 2012, Berlin. The solo was further developed and performed at the Solo Contest in Gdansk Dance Festival in June 2013 where it won first prize. Created in collaboration with Lea Kieffer.

From the program of the premiere in ADA:

As a result of playing with sounds and words, an imagined stone figure emerges: Glorious George the Jewish Gargoyle. True to the philosophy "Love it of leave it" i decide to make it the title of a dance piece, and dance in it myself, alone. From this title and into the unknown, a journey begins in which the key principals are: play, juxtapose, move, stay curious. An improvisational approach applied to a creation process. Pen and paper, movement improvisation, Facebook, video recording, flee markets: these means help me to commit to my ideas, as random and meaningless as they may first seem. The end result is a collage of quesions in words, in composition and in movement. As I navigate between these questions, some of the possible meanings of Glorious George the Jewish Gargoyle are revealed.

Excerpt from Glorious George The Jewish Gargoyle from Michael Shapira on Vimeo. Camera - Walter bickmann

Moments in the creation process of Glorious George The Jewish Gargoyle.

Work in progress trailer by Michael Shapira on Vimeo.

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