MASH in the Community
In 2018, MASH and the Youth Advancement Department of the Jerusalem Municipality, launched a training course in stage professions for youth and young people at risk. The training and employment project, in the field of lighting design and stage work, is aimed at at-risk youth and girls in the Jerusalem Youth and Youth Promotion Division. The venture provides boys and girls with professional training in lighting and stage, which is a profession that is currently in high demand. The young people are experienced in stage work, operation, design and operation of lighting and undergo professional training in these areas. Alongside the basic course schedule of 12 sessions, MASH uniquely offers student training shifts on show days, alongside a professional lender.
Project Briah, under the direction of Irad Avni’s, enables young 18-24 year-olds from the dance and movement fields to promote new works within the MASH’s yearly productions.
The program presents short works, 4-10 minutes in length, which receive artistic guidance from a panel of veteran choreographers, access to rehearsal space, performances hosted by MASH, and exposure to dance house managers from Israel and abroad.
In 2020, the third edition of Briah will be held in collaboration with the OPUS 1 choreography competition in Slovenia and participants will be awarded a participation prize. Briah 2020 will host a work of choice by Irad Avni of Slovenia’s international competition.
The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for creators to experiment with an initial creative process, build a portfolio of works (initial repertoire), and enter the world of independent dance within a supportive framework.
In 2019 in the first edition of Briah, Daniel Lemnesdorf and Dor Nahum won the Slovenian competition.
In 2019, works by Rotem Greenberg, Coral Peleg, Maor Alfasi, Hila Regev and Inbal Nave were premiered. Alongside them were Slovenian artists Ana Cvelfar and Kaja Vajdetič.
In this edition, Rotem Greenberg won the OPUS 1 participation award.
A house for dance artists from the religious and ultra-Orthodox sectors
MASH enables an infrastructure for young Haredi and religious dance artists to produce new works. This infrastructure includes rehearsal spaces, technical support, artistic advice and production assistance, with the aim of producing new Jerusalem dance productions at a high artistic level. The second stage – producing a marathon day for premiering dance works to those Jerusalem artists and religious dance companies from the religious and ultra-Orthodox sectors and for ultra-Orthodox women and the general population and producing promotional videos for each other from the creators (photography and editing). The project began in 2016 under the auspices of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Municipality, believing that its impact on promoting those groups, in the general and ultra-Orthodox audiences and the connection between the textures of the population in the field of dance and culture, has a profound and long-lasting impact.
Under the direction of Tamar Binyamini, a dance group for ages 50+ that has about 10 members from different backgrounds. The group collaboratively creates new works produced by MASH.
The word assemblage means gathering, assembling different elements into a single work. The word ensemble means an artistic team consisting of several actors, singers, musicians, dancers, etc.; a band.
The group acts as an ensemble – a collective that makes decisions in a collaborative manner, under the artistic direction of Tamar Benjamini – an independent dancer and creative artist, 28. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate from the Academy of Music and Dance, in the Department of Movement, the track for choreography.
The group was formed in the summer of 2017 and aims to challenge social adult body perceptions, both from the audience and the dancers.
The group meets weekly for 3-hour sessions, with each session divided in two sections. The first section is an hour and a half of technical work – through structured exercises and improvisation work, learning all kinds of techniques and disciplines of movement in space – coordination, peripheral vision, group work, as well as rhythm work, flexibility, fitness and movement memory.
The remaining hours and a half is dedicated to creating a new work – the collection of programmatic, emotional, and movement materials and components of a compositional and conceptual process.
To see SoLD Gold’s final presentation of MASH and Theater Frieburg (Germany), under the direction of Shlomi Bitton and Graham Smith: