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'OUTSIDE' Video Dance: Premiere Screenings in Tel Aviv - Tokyo - New York

Hi there,

The dance-film “Outside” is the first artistic collaboration between choreographer Inbal Pinto and author Etgar Keret. The dance-film is based on a short story by Etgar Keret, which he wrote during the Covid-19 lockdown in Israel.

It is also an Israeli-Japanese co-production, shot simultaneously during the Coronavirus pandemic in Tel-Aviv and in Tokyo, featuring Israeli and Japanese actors, musicians and dancers, among them Israeli dancer Moran Muller, and the famous Japanese actor and dancer Mirai Moriyama.

THE PLOT: "Three days after the lockdown was lifted, it was already clear to all that no one is planning to go outside…"

'OUTSIDE' Video Dance: Premiere Screenings in Tel Aviv - Tokyo - New York
Credit: Tel-Aviv Habima Screening by Factory 54

OUTSIDE – Creators and Collaborators

Adaptation and direction – Inbal Pinto and Etgar Keret

Narration, actor, dancer: Mirai Moriyama

Dancer: Moran Miller

Original music: Umitaro Abe

Editing: Maya Koenig

Cinematography: Ziv Berkowitz

Supported by: The Israeli Foreign Office and the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo

Supported and promoted by: Factory 54

With the help of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Professor Yossi Z”l and Dalia Prashker

Special Thanks: ZAZ10TS, The Israel Opera, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Tokyo location: courtesy of Wacoal Art Centre

The ramifications of the COVID 19 pandemic on the lives of people all over the world have inspired this artistic film. The dance-video depicts individual feelings as well as general-public sentiments that envelop all of us during this period of time.

The film’s creators and collaborators, who come from different worlds, bring together their perceptions, aiming to find new multidisciplinary approaches for creation of art and expression of culture under the new restrictions and closed-borders, imposed by the global pandemic.

The project was initiated by Arieh Rosen, the Israeli culture & science affairs attaché to Japan, and supported by the Israeli foreign ministry, in an effort to continue promoting Israeli culture around the world and create opportunities for cross-country artistic collaborations even during the international lock-down.

The collaboration with Factory 54, was born during the Coronavirus pandemic. Factory 54, a company that in the last year has been promoting and cooperating with artists and creators, supports the idea of maintaining an active cultural life, and sees it as a much-needed inspiration for the community and vent to express common experiences of the new reality that surrounds us.

Expressing the sentiment of the time, “Outside” is making its way to the world during the summer of 2020, moving between languages and countries in accordance with current international sentiment.

Screenings of ‘Outside’ on huge led billboards in central Tel Aviv, Times Square, New York (in collaboration with ZAZ10TS), and Shibuya Tokyo, intensify the surreal experiences we all feel during the global pandemic.

Etgar Keret’s short story “Outside” was first published in the New York Times.

The story was later translated to Japanese and published in ASAHI, one of Japan’s leading daily newspapers that for the first time published text by an Israeli writer.

TO VIEW: ‘Outside’is available for watching ONLINE HERE


Inbal Pinto

Inbal Pinto, choreographer, director and set and costume designer.

In 1992, she established the Inbal Pinto Dance Company, serving as artistic director until 2018. Until that time Pinto presented many dance works including Dio-Can, Wrapped, Oyster, Fugue and many others which became corner-stones in the evolution if Israeli Dance and received raving reviews in both Israel and abroad. In 2002 she began collaborating with Avshalom Pollak and aside of dance works the two choreographed, directed and designed operas and musicals around the globe.  Since 2018, Pinto is working as an independent artist and recently, together with with Amir Kliger, she designed and directed a musical based on The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami in Tokyo.

Etgar Keret

Born in 1967 in Ramat Gan, Israel. Keret’s books have been translated into more than 45 languages.

His writings were published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Le Monde, among others. Keret currently lives in Tel Aviv and is a Professor at the Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Over 100 short films, made around the world, were based on his short stories. He received the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize several times, the Chevalier (Knight) Medallion of France’s Order of Arts and literature (2010), the Neuman Prize (2012), and the St Petersburg Foreign Favorite Author Award (2010). In 2007 Keret and his wife Shira Geffen, directed ‘Meduzot’ (Jellyfish). The film won the Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera") award in Cannes Film Festival. The two also wrote and directed together ‘The Middleman’ (2019) an Arte mini-series that won Best Script award at Les Francofolies De La Rochelle Festival, France. Keret is winner of the Bronfman prize 2016. His book ‘A Fault at the Edge of the Galaxy’

won the 2018 Sapir Prize.

Moran Muller

Born in New Jersey in 1989, Moran emigrated to Israel at the age of 5.

She started her training at Kfar Vradim in the Galilee and later graduated from the ‘Dance Village’ of Kibbutz Ga’aton. Between 2009-2010 she danced at the ‘Pathway (Maslul) for professional dancers’, directed by Noemi Perlov and Ofir Dagan. In 2011 she joined Michael miller’s ‘Ensemble Sigma’ for one year. Between 2012 -2014 she worked and performed with the choreographer Nadav Zelner, as well as other choreographers, and participated in numerous projects at the Suzanne Dellal Centre Tel Aviv. Between 2014-2018 she was a member of the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance company. These days she dances in Eyal Daddon’s 'SOL Dance Company', and also participates in independent projects.

Mirai Moriyama

Born in 1984 in Japan. Moriyama is a dancer, actor, and creator who participates in many stage and dance productions as well as movies and television programs. He arrived in Israel as a cultural ambassador of Japan for a year, during which he took part in the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company (Oyster, Wall Flower), and created works together with choreographer Ella Rothschild. Moriyama starred in ‘Vessel’ by Choreographer Damien Jalet.

Umitaro Abe

Born in 1978 in Japan. Abe is a composer, musical producer and arranger. He holds Musicology degrees from Universities in both Tokyo and Paris. Abe has has been composing music since 2007, creating original scores for television, movie, theater and dance productions. His work is very famous in Japan thanks to musical themes he composed for popular TV shows. As part of his collaborations with the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, he composed original music for two of their works - ‘Wall Flower’ and ‘Rashomon’.



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