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Diptych:The historical present

DIPTYCH: THE HISTORICAL PRESENT is a solo evening composed of two acts reflecting on womanhood. The evening-length work was envisioned as two contrasting parts, existing alongside and in conversation with one another. Each part is a commentary on the construction of gender and femininity in which Olivia Court Mesa locates herself in the evolution of feminism.
ACT I: Whenever I’m alone is the voyage of a woman into the raw, mechanical, burning and urgent, hidden and fragile layers of herself - her body serving as an inseparable companion for a dialogue. 
ACT II: A traveling bag, a body and me is a magic act about the construction of womanhood. It is an embodiment of history, mythology, expectation, and the physical possibility of women. 
DIPTYCH examines both the weight of the flesh and of societal expectation; the value that is carried by gender and the body that must be carried. 

Concept, choreography and performance: Olivia Court Mesa

Co-creator of ACT I: Yochai Ginton

Costume: ACT I: Olivia Court Mesa, ACT II: Rosie Canaan

Sound Design:Roey Hazon

Light design: Nadav Barnea

ACT I was created for Curtain Up 2021; ACT II was created for Between Heaven and Earth 2022. Israel

DIPTYCH: THE HISTORICAL PRESENT was produced with the support of the Israel Lottery Council For Culture & Arts, Keren Foundation, Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Olivia Court Mesa projects.

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