Waiting for the Border's Authority


Waiting for the Border's Authority is a video documentation of the performance project co-directed with dance and theatre artist Mor Leedor.  The project is an action lab that explores dynamics that occur on border passing while waiting for an authority to make a decision. From geographic and public borders to personal and intimate ones and from a legal authority that resolves conflict to a personal authority that approves either connection or separation, the project passes through patterns of acceptance and resistance to situations that are decided for us by real and imagined authorities. It goes through complete identification with the authority to full acceptance, through passive, blind or involuntary acceptance, to unaware and passive resistance all the way to active protest. The project focuses on dynamics between two performers and the directing. The source materials for work include documentations of human right violations in checkpoints, detains and arrests in the Israeli occupied Palestinian territories, medical negligence, cases of waiting for approval to marry and more.  

About the Action Lab
The action lab provides a performative space for the examination of visual messages with rising exchange power in various contemporary media and life spaces. The lab examines how these imageries are translated to the experience of the singular and collective body.   

We are interested in issues that are gaining traffic in various life conditions and places, pointing to poignant contemporary problems involving loss of freedom, dignity, security or meaning; from questions on access and eavesdropping through questions on politics of selfies and to patterns of personal partnership, friendship and cohabitation either in the same house or on the same land. Through tools from theatre, dance, visual art and performance art, we ask how do these issues affected by and influence spaces and places and from these situations, what allows for human connection, what are the conditions for finding, losing and creating shared meaning and how they affect the body as a personal and private scenes of meetings.  

About us:
Hagit Barkai is a visual artist working in painting, drawing, print and photo-performance, based in Charlotte NC.  Her work focus on demands addressed to the body in public and private spaces.  She received her MFA from Penn State University, PA in 2008, her B.A. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2004, and studied at the Jerusalem Studio School in Jerusalem, Israel.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as Praxis Gallery in New York, NY; Scope in Miami Basel, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany; Manifesta, Hasselt Belgium, Chashama Gallery in New York, NY; Crane Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; Froelick Gallery, Portland OR;  Greenshill Gallery in Greensboro NC, the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, PA; Nau-Haus Gallery, Houston, TX; and Art League of Houston, Houston TX. Hagit is represented by Dan Mitchell Allison Gallery in Houston TX.  Her work has been reviewed in Happening CLT Carolina Art Crush; Creative Loafing Charlotte, NC; Arts art news in Charlotte NC, Houston Chronicle in Houston, TX; Pittsburgh City Paper in Pittsburgh, PA ; Research Penn State in State College PA, and Absolutely In The Loop Magazine in Houston TX.

Mor Leedor is a choreographer and theatre director based in Tel Aviv Israel working primarily in dance and theatre. She received her graduate degree in dance and theatre in 2016 and her BA in Theatre in 2013, both from the University of Tel Aviv. In 2009 she graduated from the Studio For Dance and Choreography in Tel Aviv in 2009. She was a dance student in Nadia Tempiova Studio, in Sincopa- school for movement and voice and in "Hakvutza Beyaffo" and in Aviv Ivgi Studio from 2004 to 2006. Leador’s Choreography work includes shows at Tmu-Na Theatre in Tel Aviv, TAU Theatre and Ha-Bima National Theater, Nachmani 4 Theatre and Tzavta Theatre.

 About Tmu-Na Theater: Tmuna Theatre is a community theatre and performance place, featuring acts that veer towards the fringe and avant garde. The theatre was founded in 1987 by Nava Tzukerman, at first as a place for fringe productions of the ensemble of the theatre. Since 1999 the place has developed into a multidisciplinary centre for dance, music, literature and fine art as well. It exhibits annually more than 550 theatre shows, around 80 dance acts, 50 literature and poetry nights and over 270 music events.
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