These 2 Shall Pass
The female being- between object and subject
Photo by Sasha Eidelman
An animalistic, grotesque, sexy, exciting and self-humored duet that stirs, bewitches and presents an eye-opening take on the feminine experience.
"Women are not an animal you can beat... there is insight and there is intelligence and there is cognition and there are feelings... women are animals. Animals with rights"
(Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 2020)
In an era in which there is a constant strive for the next "hot" thing and in the midst of a global process of recognizing gender inequality, Oryan and Ilana investigate, have fun with, and go wild by the common and contradictory statement "this too shall pass".
"As women, we are fed up with the multitude of "advises" directed at us nonstop. It seems that everyone has better insight for us on how to be a better woman, a calm woman, an attractive woman, an easygoing woman, a woman who constantly needs to change and adapt herself. We find ourselves in an absurd situation in which we are in a constant internal conflict, that raises many questions: what am I REALLY going through? What is passing through me? What will pass? And what will remain?"
In the piece they sing, dance, act, cry and laugh, testing out a woman in front of another woman, a woman in front of herself, and a woman in front of man.
These 2 Shall Pass examines different states of tension that arise in the collision between two opposites; between social dictates and personal and authentic desires; between accepted aesthetic models and the ability to break them in search of a personal voice; between the glorification and objectification of women in popular culture, and censorship and oppression in religion; between the rape-culture and violence against women, and women’s biological power to create life and strive for peace; between the language, that creates reality, and reality that misses us out.
These 2 Shall Pass were created as part of the 'Manual Labor’ project by Clipa Theater, 2022
From the press-
"The hot-cold which combines Pop-Art and expressionism is so extreme that it had no chance to work well if it wasn’t performed by two super-performers."
"And that is the marvelous achievement of Yohanan and Bellahsen: from the anxiety and the rage on the lost authenticity, from the quotations and the duplications, they refine in a kind of alchemy a shared, emotional and artistic authenticity."
Marit Ben Israel, City of Happiness.
21/8/23 Alfa Studio Tel Aviv
5/7/23 MASH Machol Shalen Dance House Jerusalem
1/7/23 "Life in Dance" Mitar Community Center
29/6/23 Alfa Studio Tel Aviv
27/5/23 Pesaro Danza Focus Festival, Pesaro- Italy
2/12/22 International Exposer Suzanne Dellal, Tel-Aviv
22/10/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
22/9/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
13/8/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
11/8/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
2/8/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
20/7/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
7/7/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
5/7/22 The Hebrew Youth House, Jerusalem
30/6/22 Musa- Eretz Israel Museum Tel Aviv
2/6/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
19/5/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
6/5/22 Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
30/4/22 Premiere, Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
23/4/22 Pre-premiere, Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
7/4/22 Pre-premiere, Alfa Studio, Tel-Aviv
Creation, Performance, Design and Production | Oryan Yohanan & Ilana Sarah Claire Bellahsen
Artistic Adviser | Idit Herman
Vocal and Musical Guidance | Reut Rivka & Yoav Weiss
Video and Editing | Itzik Amar
PR | Karnit Aharoni & Bareket Sosia
Manual Labor Project Coordinator | Nilli Maman