The inspiration for MONO came to Itamar Serussi while buying a pram for his newly born twins. The advertisement said ‘In three clicks from mono to duo’ and it made him realize that life is just about that. In effect, MONO is about several effects, directions, decisions and happenings coming together, and thus creating something new. Things that somehow ‘click’ in place as well. As his own life does right now with the birth of his two kids, the international acclaim he experiences and this first chance to make a full-length dance piece for the theater. As all Itamar Serussi’s work, MONO is ‘work in progress’, while the artist still discovers more and more about what his choreographies are about.
Best piece and best dancer of 2012?
Both MONO as dancer Genevieve Osborne are nominated as best Dutch dance piece of 2012. As the nomination rapport said about MONO, ‘a slowly expanding composition in which chorographical ideas keep bubbling up.’ About Genevieve’s part in MONO they say, ‘She’s the ideal impersonator of the strict lines Serussi weaves: measured, intense, subdued and at the same time powerful and virtuosic.’
Itamar Serussi (Israël, 1978)
Itamar Serussi Sahar (Israël, 1978) started dancing as soon as he could walk. He began his dance education at the age of 15 at the Israelian Dance Academy. In 1996 he became part of the famous Batsheva Dance Company, where he started to develop his own, explicit style. Itamar first joined Danshuis Station Zuid Zuid (The Netherlands) as a dancer and in 2010 became the house choreographer. Since then he created several short pieces and the full-length MONO.
In 2011 he also choreographed and directed several multidisciplinary projects like Venus & Adonis (opera Transparant, Antwerp) and the on-site spectacle LUST4 (Danshuis Station Zuid, Tilburg). His work was programmed on various venues and festivals in and outside the Netherlands.