c.a.t.a.m.o.n – Dance Group in Jerusalem

c.a.t.a.m.o.n –  dance group is a unique project run by Elad Schechter since July 2012. The group is a young cultural organization, which seeks to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Jerusalem audience in all its diversity. c.a.t.a.m.o.n aims to present this dialogue to all audiences, in Israel and around the world. c.a.t.m.o.n is developing a unique artistic language that brings the wonders of the human body into the public sphere of Jerusalem, thus contributing to the dialogue and communication between the different cultures of Jerusalem. Dance is an international language that can bridge cultural differences. c.a.t.a.m.o.n’s main mission is to present the human body in Jerusalem’s public spaces.

c.a.t.a.m.o.n is home to artists of various kinds: dancers, choreographers, musicians, video artists, sound, graphic designers and many others. The vast majority of these artists live and work in Jerusalem. The group is working on many levels to connect various artists to the dance world and promote this art to audiences in Jerusalem and around the world.

Since its inception in July of 2012, c.a.t.a.m.o.n has produced 16 original pieces. Five of those were choreographed by Elad Schechter – artistic director and founder of c.a.t.a.m.o.n. Eleven original pieces, choreographed by guest choreographers, were produced as part of the ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ dance in Mahane Yehuda Market festival.

c.a.t.a.m.o.n has presented over 100 performances in the last 5 years – about half of them in the city of Jerusalem and a half across communities in Israel and around the world.

Our Works 

Tech it Away

Premiere // Sep. 2016

Tech it Away –  is dedicated to all those who have embarked on an adventure in an urban environment, to those who have analyzed humans as tribes, to those who examine the human body as a material,

This sixth work of Elad Schechter for the C.A.T.A.M.O.N dance group is a voyage into the space between the human body and the material world. The search for shared enjoyment in an automatic world.

Urfa

Premiere/// Oct. 2014

Urfa, Bring it up!!! Chafla. Sweet. Fruits. Music. Boobs. Dancers. Food. Smoking. Plastic. Energy. Balagan. Hash. Food. Woman. Chest hair. Explosion. Red eyes. Food. Ass. Urfa!. Breathing. Rolling. Clapping hands. No more green. Food. Dancing…

This piece is a ‘Chafla’ (arabic word for party). Four talented performers, full of courage and humor, create a unique experience, bringing the enthusiasm and the joy of the ‘Chafla’ through high-quality, happy dance.

Choreography – Elad Schechter in collaboration with Sherry Tito.

Dancers – Gilad Jerusalmy, Ben Horin Lital, Nitzan Lederman

Actor – Michael Levi

Costumes, Art & Graphics – Sherry Tito

Music –  Samira Tawfik, Hakim, Sa’d El Soghayar.

SUB MISSION

Premiere // August 2014

SUB MISSION is a piece about the engagement in community life. This unique process 
began in Chejejevka – an ecological village located in Altai, Siberia, Russia. The performance was created in collaboration between choreographers Elad Schechter from Israel and Hugo Leonardo Silva from Brazil.

4 dancers on stage experimenting with various ceremonies. This piece is a celebration of empowerment of the individual as part of a community in the contemporary life. Testing the feelings engages by mutual responsibility. The music that accompanies this piece consists of sounds and melodies from around the world. All this to create a colorful human celebration. Premiered in August 2014, Sub Mission was performed at the Jewish Museum in Moscow with the audience and performers sharing one space, next to the Jewish Historical represents.

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Choreography
Hugo Leonardo Silva

Dancers
Sofia Kranz, Tom Lev Dekel,
Veronika Akopova, Ilya Karpel.

Sub Mission was created with the support of Israeli Embassy in Moscow,
Russian Contact 
Improvisation association, and the Jewish Museum for Tolerance
in Moscow. 
them in the city of Jerusalem and a half across communities in Israel
and around the 
world.

Alfa Beta

Premiere // December 2013

‘Alfa Beta’ was created following the book “Alfa beta de Ben Sira” written by a group of devoted Jewish believers in the tenth century AD in Istanbul. The book is a collection of fantasies that prove that art had always the power to shape worlds and break social conventions.

This piece premiered as part of an exhibition of “Innovative European artists in the 19th century”, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in December 2013. A coproduction between ‘Machol Shalem’,  the Israel Museum and c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance group in Jerusalem.

The work is a unique occurrence, including live oriental music, dance and video made specially for this piece. The audience takes an integral part of the show, accompanied by the dancers and going through a multi-sensory experience.

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Choreography
Elad Schehcter

Dancers and creator
Oryan Yohanan, Meitar Bason,

Yoav Kleinman, Sofia Kranz

Original Score
Or Sarfati

Costumes
Sofia Kranz

‘Silent Room’

Premiere // December 2013

‘Silent Rooms’ prewsents a journey to an outside world. Inside the fancy, deserted Arza house that used to be an exclusive rehabilitation centre. A beautiful and special girl walks from room to room. Peeking. Unravel herself to parts of her being, and to this unique deserted space.
On October 2013 c.a.t.a.m.o.n led a video dance project with musician Or Sarfati and director Rani Raviv. This video dance was part of ‘Alfa Beta’ – c.a.t.a.m.o.n’s dnace piece premiered on Dec. 2013 as part of the ‘Jerusalem Dance Week’ produced by ‘Machol Shalem’. This video was selected to screen on these festivals:

 

  • EPOS5 Film Festival (Mar 2014) TEL AVIV, Israel
  • Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (Nov 2015) Boulder, Colorado, U S A
  • Fiver International Screendance Movement (Jan 2016)Logroño, Spain
  • CREATION AWARD –Oklahoma Dance Film Festival (Feb 2016) Tulsa, U S A
  • Loikka Dance Film Festival (Apr 2016) Helsinki, Finland
  • Code f.a.d. Festival (Apr 2016) North Carolina, U S A
  • AWARDS Best Student Film- Perth Dance Festival (May 2016) Perth, Scotland UK 

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Director: Ran Raviv
Choreographer: Elad Schechter
Producer: Gal Nae
Original Score: Or Sarfati
Director Of Photography: Gal Rumbak
Editor: Brit Harel
Dancers: Daniel Dahan, Tom-Lev Dekel, Shiri Teicher, Adi Peled, Yoav Kleinman, Sophia Krantz, Tamar Rozentzveig, Elad Schechter

Actress: Talia Yair
Director Assistant: Gal Tveryai, Yotam Shazar Gaffer Saar Mizrahi, Zvi Landzman.
Assistent Cameraman: Tal Ninyo
Best Boy: Nitzan Rozen
Sound Recording: Or Sarfati
Video: Gal Rumbak
Sound Editing: Or Sarfati

Nenyah

Premiere // October 2013
Created within ‘Between Heaven and Earth – Jewish Dance Festival׳
artistic director Ronen Itzhaki. 

This is the second piece by Elad Shechter, created for c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance group.
On stage, four dancers on a journey to another state of mind that is offered by the
biblical word – “Heneni” (Here I am). Each of the four, battling his way, to expose
another part of his personality, to peel and present to the public his inner self.

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Choreography
Elad Schechter

Dancers
Asher Lev, Eyal Ogen,
Hananya Swartz, Ron Oren

Music
Red Band + Ninet

Music editing
Adi Hayat

c.a.t.a.m.o.n – Trilogy in Dance

Debut piece of c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group.
Premiere // July 2012


A trilogy for architectural movement. A movement research on collective consciousness,

common will and construction of reality.
C.a.t.a.m.o.n – Trilogy in Dance is composed of three parts.
Gabriel, Fedora, and Mon.Bringing together, the three parts creates a prayer of reshaping reality, choosing a new architecture to the way we live.
Choreography: Elad Schechter

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Dancers and creators
Coralie Ladame, Sofia Krantz, Ron Oren and Elad Schechter.

Music
Didi Erez

Costumes
Maya Negri

Stage and lights design
Dani Fishof – Magenta

City Dance Jerusalem

Jerusalem CityDance Project is a unique project that brings contemporary dance outside of the theater and into the streets. The project explores the intersection between contemporary dance and everyday life in the public sphere. Five choreographies were taken through the streets of Jerusalem in 2012, videos perpetuate the magical meeting between the street, dance and cinema.

Creators : Betina Feinstein, Lior Har Lev.
Choreography : Elad Schechter
Dancers : Coralie Ladame, Sofia Kranz, Elad Schechter
Music : Didi Erez