" I'm standing in front of you with my eyes closed. The sounds you make bring me to life. Can we experience the world with utmost sensitivity, allowing even the smallest sensation to become connection, communication, pleasure? Can we grow deaf and blind together? "
AND MY HEART ALMOST STOOD STILL
An interrupted solo, inspired by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and a letter by Helen Keller
WHERE / WHEN
16 05 2019, 7:00 pm.
Klaipeda drama theatre, Main stage
Maker, performer Ari Teperberg
Co-performer Marco Milevski
Musician, creation partner Avshalom Ariel
Sound design, creation partner Tomer Damsky
Lighting design and scenography Omer Sheizaf
Costumes Dor Frank
International Tours as is presenting arts
Photo Yair Meyuhas
Image design Harel and Maayan Studio
The piece is a co-production with Westfluegel Theatre in Leipzig, Germany and the Independent Theatre Makers’ Association in Israel
Ari takes the viewers on a journey into his own world of nonverbal, sensual communication
where even the subtlest of sensations becomes full of joy, pain or beauty.
Inspired by Keller’s observations and by the connection she felt to Beethoven, who was himself deaf, this piece celebrates music’s power to communicate beyond boundaries, disabilities and loneliness.
The trigger for this creation process was a letter sent by the famous deaf-blind author and intellectual Helen Keller to the New-York Symphony Orchestra in 1924, in which she describes how she „listened“ to their performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, simply by touching the radio’s membrane and feeling the vibrations.
The piece attempts to generate a space of heightened sensation, in which an alchemy between
the senses takes place. The text by Keller, as well as Beethoven’s haunting music, appears and
disappears through different mediums and vibrates like a suppressed volcanic force, seeking to erupt. We are granted a close-up look into the body of the performer, who calibrates himself to
hypersensitivity, seeking for an alternative language through which to communicate with.
Ari Teperberg, born in Jerusalem 1989, is a theatre-maker, opera director and performer.
He graduated from the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem (2013) and is the recipient of the Jerusalem Foundation Prize, 2011.
His other works are „I Want to Dance, Kate!“, which premiered at the Akko Festival 2014, and won the prize for the best stage language and best costumes. The piece was also performed at the CCA (Center of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv) and PQ15 – the Quadrenniale for performance and scenography, Prague. He also created „What Happened to my Voice?“ – an evening with two of his pieces that were created during his studies.
In 2009 Ari together with Inbal Yomtovian co-founded the “Golden Delicious” ensemble, creating and touring with object theatre shows („Jonathan and the Blue Table“, „Small Change“, „Crystal Clear“, „Heidi“) in Israel and in many festivals around the world: Germany, France, Thailand, Brazil, Switzerland, Austria, Serbia and more.
Ari teaches object theatre at Haifa University.