Crinolines is a work for four dancers in the public space focused on the encounter between the moving body and a rigid crinoline-like structure. The voluminous crinoline dresses which were fashionable in the nineteenth century, served as the inspiration for the work. In keeping with the vogue, despite being severely restrictive, women piled dresses onto themselves. Based on a metal structure weighing up to twenty kilograms, the size and weight of the dresses prevented them from walking through doors or sitting down, and at times even caused death due to fire and accidents. The crinoline structure, which acts as an extension of the living body, changes its physical dimensions, restricting freedom of movement and possibilities for intimacy. As the dancers cope with the physical dictates, human strategies of action manifest in the encounter with restrictive social structures and political mechanisms.
Sharona Florsheim is a choreographer and improvisation artist, artistic director and cultural entrepreneur. In her choreographic work, Florsheim brings together complex structures of improvisation and set material, creating a unique and poignant style that emphasizes the relationships formed in real time between space, performers, and audience. To date, Sharona has created five evening-length performances in addition to short-length performances and works for public spaces. Her work has been presented in Europe and Africa, and is regularly performed in Israel. In recent years, Sharona has initiated and been involved in a number of multidisciplinary art and science projects, and is co-founder of TRTANSMEET International Art & Science Festival. Sharona graduated from the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem, and holds a BA in psychology from Haifa University and an MFA in choreography from the Dance Unlimited program in the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Holland.
Choreography: Sharona Florsheim
Dancers and co-creators: Or Avishay, Efrat Levy, Gali Kinkulkin, Maayan Horesh
Collaborating Dancers in the Process: Ayelet Yekutiel, Nitzan Lederman
Music: Ilan Green, Hold Me Earth by Manizha
Costume and Prop Design: Nava Shtar
Production: Gali Kinkulkin
Photos: Sharona Florsheim
Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Mifal Hapais, and the Israel Choreographers Association.