idit herman

tel aviv

Idit Her­man is a dancer, chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, per­for­mance artist, and founder and artis­tic direc­tor of the Cli­pa The­ater in Tel Aviv. Her reper­toire ranges from solo per­for­mances to com­pre­hen­sive works in the­aters, muse­ums, and pub­lic spaces. Her most recent works are baroque pro­duc­tions with lav­ish use of stage design, props, cos­tumes, light, and sound.


“For sev­er­al years, I have been dream­ing of tak­ing my daugh­ter abroad to give her at least some edu­ca­tion out­side of Israel. The ener­gy I per­son­al­ly feel here is increas­ing­ly hate­ful and aggres­sive and I wish for her to expe­ri­ence a view from the out­side. What keeps me most from doing so is the stress of mov­ing homes. What to do with our home? With our cats? Can we trust her beloved piano to some­one else?”


Based on her web-res­i­den­cy ideas, Idit Herman‘s par­tic­i­pa­to­ry instal­la­tion Guilty Plea­sure stages the move of the artist and her daugh­ter from Israel to Ger­many. This enor­mous task is mas­tered with the help of the audi­ence. For this pur­pose, she sets up a tem­po­rary “sit­u­a­tion room” – a room in which the par­tic­i­pants are asked to devel­op ideas for tack­ling assign­ments to assure Idit’s soft inte­gra­tion in Ger­many. In prac­tice the audi­ence is faced with the ques­tion; how far will Ger­mans go to help an Israeli woman with Ger­man roots to make their coun­try her home, and aid her to achieve her artis­tic vision of help­ing oth­er refugees in Germany?

Foto: Idit Herman

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