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