Dec 1, 2022 | 19:00

Zehava studio

65 min


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About the work

Come lay down

In “Come lay down” the studio transformed into a metaphorical surgery room, as well as a gallery space, in which the body is exhibited and transfigured. Combining body postures, movement, text, sound and objects, we are exploring notions as “healthy body” and “sick body” and the gap between the intimate and private experience of one’s body and the medical, bureaucratic attitude towards it. The audience is invited to move from patient to therapist, from ability to helplessness, between question to interrogation, healing and torture, from reality to fantasy.



After 10 years of dancing with different companies in Israel and abroad, Noa Dar returned to Tel-Aviv in 1993 and created “Fragile”, her first full-length piece, along with establishing ‘The Noa Dar Dance Group’ as a supportive framework for her artistic activity. Since then, she created more then 30 works in collaboration with artists from different creative fields. Always searching for new expressions of contents and forms, her works ranging from solos to large-scale productions, works for young audiences, site specific works and installations. Dar explores the experience of the individual body when it comes into contact with his physical and social environments, often blaring boundaries between performers and spectators. In her latest works, along with her return to performing, her own body became an arena for reexamining notions like temporality and transformation. Dar’s creations have been commissioned and presented by leading festivals in Israel and elsewhere such as ‘The Israel Festival’,‘ Tokyo Int. Dance Biennale’, ’Oriente Occidente’, ‘Rencontres int. de danse contemporaine’, ‘Santiago de mille festival’, ‘Sziget’, ‘ Shanghai Contemporary Dance’, ‘Holland Festival’ and many more. She has won numerous prizes, among them are the Lottery’s ‘Landau Prize’ for her artistic contribution, The ‘Rosenblum Prize’ for outstanding artists and the Ministry of Culture’s ‘Creation Prize’ for her body of work. Established in 2006, ‘Noa Dar dance group studio’ in central TLV, serves as her creative home and a space where broad communities can meet with diverse expressions of body, movement and dance.


Michal Samama creates works at the intersection of dance, performance, and the visual arts, moving between the stage, the gallery, and the public space. In 2021-2022 Samama presented her work at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Manofim Jerusalem Contemporary Art Festival, The Center for Digital Art (Holon), Intimadance Festival, Diver Festival, Arttour Festival Tel Aviv, and more. In past years she exhibited her work at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art (solo show), Sommer Gallery, Kav 16 Gallery, HaKibbutz Gallery, as well as platforms such as Diver Festival, Curtain Up festivals, Musrara Mix, Intimadance Festival. Her work was presented in numerous spaces in New York and Chicago, including: The Chocolate Factory Theater, Judson Church, New York Live Arts, Aspect Ratio Gallery, Sector 2337, EXPO CHICAGO, 6018 North, Defibrillator Gallery and more. Samama received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a 2011-2013 Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research in New York. 


Creation and Performance
Noa Dar and Michal Samama
Sound creation and design
Elad Schneiderman
Objects and Lighting Design
Yair Vardi
Production Management and show director
Carmel Hartman
Premiere at Diver Festival 2021, Artistic Director
Ido Feder