69 seconds with … choreographers Oded Graf and Yossi Berg

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Another two for one special!  Spend 69 seconds with Israeli choreographers Oded Graf and Yossi Berg, in Vancouver as part of the 2011 Chutzpah! Festival.

01Your first job.

Yossi – worked in a social security office.
Oded – Subway sandwich artist.

02The job you wanted as a child.

Yossi – a veterinarian.
Oded – a meterologist.

04One thing no one knows about you (and you are willing to share).

Yossi – I speak Yiddish.
Oded – I was a commander in the army.

05Your biggest indulgence.

Yossi – hot springs.
Oded – dance.

06The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Yossi – music, peanut butter, sushi
Oded – good food, my laptop, Yossi.

07Complete this sentence: I first kissed a boy …

Yossi – …and I liked it.
Oded – …in the bushes.

08Tap or ballroom?

Yossi – tap.
Oded – neither – bellydancing!

09 One word your best friend would use to describe you.

Yossi – happy.
Oded – calm.

10 The one thing you are most looking forward to seeing while in Vancouver.

Yossi – a whale.
Oded – nature.

MEET Yossi Berg and Oded Graf

Yossi Berg and Oded GrafYossi Berg and Oded Graf started collaborating in 2005 and they have since built a reputation for work that is supremely physical, provocative and by turns poignant and witty.

Their company performs throughout the world and they have won international choreography competitions in Germany (Hanover), Spain (Burgos-New York), Denmark (Dansolution), Poland (Serge Diaghilev) as well as Israel’s Ministry of Culture Awards for Outstanding Choreographers and Best Solo Artist Performer.

Yossi Berg has worked with DV8 Physical Theatre in London, Batsheva Dance Company for six years (working with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Yiri Kylián, Angelin Preljocaj,John Jasperse and Iztok Kovac), Yasmeen Godder’s company, and others.

Oded Graf has worked with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Noa Dar Dance Company, and with numerous independent Israeli and international productions.

Their works have been commissioned by the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, the Lab Theatre, Curtain Up/International Exposure Festivals, Tmuna Theatre and many other venues throughout Israel.


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