currently at Ensemble Can:

Sex Project

A trilogy about Israeli Sex

“Daringly surprising and arousing” Yediot Magazine

“Fascinating.Brings intimacy back to sex” Haaretz

“Rough and relevant, please don’t miss it” Habama

Sex is everywhere. It penetrates the private, public, legal and political spheres, sex sells. But what are we talking about when we talk about sex? What can be said and what can’t be mentioned? Do sexual liberation and free speech allow eye level communication or does everything diminishes to porn? And what the hell happened to love?

Ensemble Can’s trilogy – ‘Sex Project’, puts the sexual act in the center. It explores the ways to get the human body to talk. Dealing with Israeli sexuality allows us to explore the militarism and aggressiveness that generally characterizes the Israeli society, through a fresh angle.

At first, we conducted personal interviews with Israeli men and women about their sexuality: puberty, body image, fantasies, taboo and shame. Those testimonies were brought to life in the first part of the project as sequence of monologues and dialogues. In the second part, we asked 9 Israeli writers to write about sex – about what happens before, after, during sex, or without it. The third and last part of the project was initiated with an actors’ workshop and based on their personal stories and experiences.

The artistic expression methods are profoundly different in the three parts. On the first part the actors re-live the stories facing the audience. On the second part the audience becomes part of the scene by walking with the actors from one space to another. The third production makes a profound use of the unique spaces of the ‘Kuli Alma’, one of Tel Aviv hippest dance clubs (can be easily adapted to any other conventional or unconventional theatrical spaces).

The confessions and encounters described in the three parts of the project are an attempt to give simple and direct words to this primal aspect of the human experience. In a virtual world, surrounded by HD screens, a physical encounter with flesh and blood actors can give a new perspective about sex here and now.

S1 – One on One

Very Personal Interviews Edited to Group Dialog

Writer: Ido Borenstein

Director: Shlomo Plessner

Actors: Itzik Golan, Esti Zakhem, Odelia Segal, Yakir Portal, Talya Menashe, Rami Kashi

Duration: 75 minutes

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S2 – Sex scenes only

10 Israeli Writers Take Their Closes Off

Dramaturgy: Ido Bornstein

Director: Shlomo Plessner

Writers: Gilad Evron, Liat Elkayam & Gudis Schnider, Dana Goldberg, Nitzan Cohen, Roni Sinai, Giora Simchoni, Naama Toren & Oren Neeman

Actors: Itzik Golan, Esti Zakhem, Chantal Cohen, Yakir Portal

Live music: Kobi Vitman

Duration: 75 minutes

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S3 – War

Love Stories Under Fire

Writer: Ido Borenstein

Director: Shlomo Plessner

Actors: Meital Carmeli, Yoav Cohen, Yoav Hait, Talya Menashe, Eran Peretz, Odelia Segal

Live music: Kobi Vitman

Duration: 80 minutes

About Ensemble Can

In 2009, after a decade of collaboration, we founded Ensemble Can in order to allow ourselves, creators and actors alike, our own space for independent creation.

We aspire to make theatre that moves, smells, prickles and laughs, very much like this place, Israel. In the spirit of Fox, father of group analysis, who said that “everything is thinkable and talkable”, we believe that true freedom and liberation during the creative process and on stage will, in turn, free and liberate the audience. Similarly, an actor who lets himself go, lives on stage and allows himself to play (as well as act), will make the audience breathe a little differently. We strive to put our hands together with all those who take part in the creative process and put on a polyphonic piece that doesn’t attempt to settle its inner conflicts or questions.

Our methodology is based on lab work, where the rehearsal process is long and there’s an on-going dialogue with a set team of creators and designers.

Through researching the connection between body, voice and text, we try to interweave the actors’ personal experiences, etched in their bodies, and the words and actions of the written characters. Working with personal materials, images, guided imagery and group dreaming enables us to expose unique, hidden phenomena. As Ionesco said, it’s the theatre’s duty to serve as witness. A considerable portion of our productions is written after such intense lab work, aiming to create texts that merge the documentary with the lyrical.

Ensemble Can aspires to expand the artistic experience and evoke people into action. Our company holds writing and acting workshops for both amateur and professional actors. We arrange for special rehearsal room encounters between audiences and works in progress in order to create a methodological dialogue and mutual inspiration. Our shows are compatible with all kinds of spaces and aim to create a direct dialogue that says something about our life here in Israel. A coming together of audience and stage can spark magic. We search for that ancient magic and question its relevance in these virtual times we live in.