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The Contemporary Eye dance critic Idit Suslik reacts to “Opening the Door”, 2018

Snir Nakar’s piece “Opening the Door” embodies through movement a moment of eruption fulled by self discovery. Nakar weaves positions into repeating sequences that gain momentum, escalating to the point where the body is embroiled in a struggle with itself: arms and legs cross, the torso twists and hands suffocate the face, or perhaps, they’re just trying to support and protect it? The struggle reaches its climax and Nakar seems to stand still in front of the audience, but is unnoticeably and slowly collapsing into himself. Nearing the end, as Nakar’s body rolls on the floor to the sound of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, a feeling of confusion and dizziness emerges from the centre of the stage, but brings with it the promise of emancipation.

The Contemporary Eye dance critic Idit Suslik reacts to “Teatime”, 2017

Nakar’s work “Teatime” confronts the struggles of aging and the barriers it places in day-to-day life, a moving portrait of a body that is sabotaging itself. The body’s efforts become a simultaneously tragic and comic exaggeration of everyday simple gestures. A twitch becomes the unsynchronised eruption of arms and legs. A shirt or bag develop into objects in which the body becomes entangled and lost. The longing for a distant object evolves into an acrobatic endeavour between the chair and floor so as not to disturb a posture. Finally, the struggle to endure is embodied in a simple poetic image of a teabag, representing a moment of respite. We discover, ironically that this promising symbol turns into an embroilment with a never-ending chain of teabags that force the body into another battle.