Interview: Jasmin Vardimon Q & A

Tuesday 5 January 2010

Jasmin Vardimon’s ‘Lullaby’

Lullaby opens at The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre on Thursday 26th February and is showing until Saturday 13th March 2004.

Lullaby: Set in the depths of an anonymous hospital, Lullaby is a piece of extreme physical theatre that features strong text, visual projections and imaginative use of camera techniques. Based largely on observations of hospitals and the fascinating intensity of human relations in this setting, Lullaby offers a witty insight into our relationship with health and sickness in a production that is sometimes violent, frequently moving and completely engaging.

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Jasmin Vardimon is the founder and Artistic Director of Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company. She founded the company in 1997 after working as a dancer for several years in the Kibbutz Dance Company (Israel) and in various dance projects around Europe. Jasmin Vardimon’s work mixes text, video and highly inventive movement. It bridges dance and physical theatre, and is constantly winning new fans. Addressing issues which relate to us all in a distinctive language that is both universal and exhilarating, she has won a string of awards, including the Jerwood Choreography Award and a nomination as Outstanding Female Performer in this year’s National Dance Awards for Lullaby.

Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company

Jasmin took part in a Q & A session for londondance.com…

Where were you born?
Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh, Israel

Can you remember the first dance company you saw?
Pina Bausch, early 80’s

‘Lullaby’ is set in a hospital ward. Why did you choose this setting, and why the title?
Lullaby deals with our relationship with illness and hospitalisation, telling 7 stories that happen within that environment. Lullabies are made to calm you down, but often contain very sinister content, as is portrayed on stage in this piece.

It’s dedicated to the memory of your father. Did it come out of a particular personal experience?
I created Lullaby at this point in my life in response to the great impact of the death of my father from cancer.

What is your usual starting point for a new work – an idea, or a movement?
Always the concept dictates the movement in my work.

Your work is often described as physical theatre rather than dance. Does categorisation matter to you?
Not at all. I think that what I am trying to express is more important than the form or the language I use.

What would have been your alternative career if you hadn’t chosen dance
I might have taken my anthropology studies further.

Where did you train?
Israel

Favourite/most influential book, and why? record? and film?
I read see and hear all the time and get influences from many little things, mostly from real life. I can not point on one particular book or film, the list is too long.

Do you enjoy performing and choreographing equally?
Each has it’s great moments and it’s own difficulties, but I can not imagine doing without either.

What’s next for you and your company?
Following the long run at The Place, we tour the regions but will also start the research for a new work, which might be for 8 performers (we are holding auditions on 15th March). This new middle scale piece will hopefully premier at the end of 2004 or Spring 2005.

Q&A published 2004

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