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Aharona Israel

February 12, 2015 @ 8PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St.

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$22 / $15 students, underwaged / $5 high school students
Available in advance from the Market Hall box office: or 705-749-1146.
POST-SHOW TALK BACK with the artists following the Feb. 12th show.

Concept / choreography / direction
Aharona Israel
Aharona Israel, Asa Wolfson
Actors / dancers / vocals
Ilya Domanov, Merav Dagan, Gal Shamai
Udi Berner
Liat Ezra

Marathon has been a hit at festivals around the world since its debut in 2012 and comes to Peterborough between the new Progress Festival in Toronto and the Undercurrents Festival in Ottawa. Marathon uses endless running as a metaphor for the daily experience of young Israelis, in a highly physical theatre work that pushes its three performers to the limit. Which of them will survive? As time goes by, their journey becomes more difficult and gradually the wounds of Israeli society open up and its default options become apparent. Through the performers’ own stories the work reflects on subconscious elements in Israeli culture and mentality, such as a constant sense of emergency and a desperate holding onto ideas and ideals.

Aharona Israel is a an interdisciplinary artist whose varied training – she is trained in dance and holds a B.A. in architecture – informs a body of work that combines intimate research into body and movement with a strong sensibility to social and political themes. Her works have been seen in festivals and theatres in Israel and across Europe since 2002. Read more below.

Aharona Israel is a choreographer and interdisciplinary performance artist, born in Israel in 1973. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. She trained in dance in the Netherlands and Israel and lived for eight years in Amsterdam. Now living in the land of her birth, she shares personally and artistically a double cultural experience, both Israeli and European.

Since 2002 Aharona has been working as a free-lance choreographer, creating and showing her work in Israel and abroad. Her works have been shown in international festivals and theaters in Israel, Holland and Germany, among them: Acco festival IL, Tufa Festival Trier Germany, Testing-tools ’11 Tel-aviv, Color dance festival Amsterdam, Perambulaçao at the Architecture Bianalle Roterdam Holland 2005.

As a choreographer her works have strong social-political references, combining theatre and text and drawing on her research in body and movement. With a varied background in the fields of arts, coming from the visual art and design field into dance, she brings a special interest in work for outdoor urban spaces, bringing together her understanding as an architect and her skills as a performer. She has a particular interest in multidisciplinary performances, interactive projects and site-specific works.

A Qi Gong practitioner, teacher of contact improvisation and improvisation dance, she makes atypical projects, using non-theatrical as well as conventional spaces. As a teacher she holds a regular course in dance improvisation for dancers and actors, and teaches classes and workshops regularly in various schools and independent formats.

Master Class in Contact Dance

Public Energy presents
Master Class in Contact Dance with Ilya Domanov and Aharona Israel
Saturday, February 14, 2pm – 4pm
All Saint’s Anglican Church (Parish Hall), 235 Rubidge St.
Cost: $10 or pay-what-you-can. Register at admin@publicenergy.caSome contact dance experience necessary. Not much, but the aim of this class is to elevate the skill level of those with some contact experience. Ilya Domanov and Aharona Israel are highly experienced theatre/movement artists, based in Israel, who are on tour in Canada with Marathon, Aharona’s theatre work for 3 performers being presented by Public Energy on Feb. 12 at the Market Hall.

Free Artist Talks

Public Energy invites the community to get to know two international artists coming to Peterborough in February: Vincent Mantsoe from South Africa and Aharona Israel from Israel.VINCENT MANTSOE  (South Africa)
Monday February 2, 7pm at The Gathering Space at The First People’s House of Learning, Trent University.Vincent Mantsoe will talk about his life growing up in the township of Soweto, South Africa, and his development as a dancer that eventually led him to settle in Paris, France. Mantsoe`s family is a combination of cultural diversity, mainly Southern Sotho, Ndebele, Xhosa and Pedi, and includes a long line of Sangomas (traditional healers). Despite this traditional background Mantsoe became an internationally renowned dance artist and continues to create new work, drawing on African, Contemporary and Asian forms of dance. Mantsoe’s talk will include an excerpt of his work and opportunity for discussion. Vincent Mantsoe is coming to the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough on Feb. 3rd as part of a cross-Canada tour. Tickets can be had from the Market Hall box office, on line at, or by phone at 705-749-1146.
Presented by Kawartha World Issues Centre as part of the 25th International Development Week celebrations.
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Vincent S. K. Mantsoe
Photo credit: Anders MattssonAHARONA ISRAEL (Israel)
Tuesday, February 10, 7pm at the Jewish Community Centre, 775 Weller St.Aharaona Israel is an interdisciplinary theatre artist from Israel whose works have been seen in contemporary dance and theatre festivals around the world. She is coming to Peterborough with her most well-regarded work, Marathon, on a tour of Canadian theatre festivals. Aharona’s varied background – she is trained in dance, has a degree in architecture, and has spent long periods of time working in Europe as well as Israel – informs a body of work that combines intimate research into body and movement with a strong sensibility to social and political themes. Aharona is also a Qigong practitioner and  member of Engaged Dharma In Israel, a group working toward peace in the Middle East. The talk will include an introduction to Aharona’s work and a period for discussion. Her theatre work for three performers, Marathon, is playing at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre for one show only, February 12 at 8pm. Tickets can be had from the Market Hall box office, on line at, or by phone at 705-749-1146.Aharona Israel workshop
Aharona Israel
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Marathon was generously supported by Big Sky Design.


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