JASMIN Vardimon is a pioneering choreographer with a talent for story-telling.
Together those gifts have produced some extraordinary danceworks from a company which is fast gaining a reputation for its physicality and its theatricality.
Jasmin Vardimon’s company played the Lawrence Batley Theatre earlier this year and returns tomorrow with a brand new dance piece.
It is called Justitia and is described as a daring, sharp-edged piece of physical dance theatre.
It certainly looks at a tough and contentious subject, the country’s justice system.
Join the company on investigative journey as it unravels the multiple truths concealed behind a gripping crime story.
In a film-like replay of events, the audience witnesses the action from different perspectives – at the crime scene, in the court house, inside an intimate group therapy room – revealing new realities as a series of secrets unfold. A verdict must be reached – was it murder, manslaughter or self-defence?
Not perhaps what you would expect from a contemporary dance company but then Jasmin is known for dance which blends physical performance with a strong narrative and powerful theatricality.
And since her work before she moved into the dance world was as a psychological ‘interviewer’, little wonder that her creative work reveals such keen observations of human behaviour.
This is dance which is athletic, has a sharp script and an exciting soundtrack. Oh and it looks pretty stylish too.
The creative heart of this production lies with Jasmin Vardimon who born and raised on a Kibbutz in central Israel.
She joined the Kibbutz Dance Company, one of Israel’s largest dance companies, and in 1995, won a British Council ‘On the way to London’ Award.
She moved to London 12 years ago where she founded her company which was previously known as Zbang.
Jasmin is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. Previously, she was an Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and a Yorkshire Dance Partner from 1999–2005.
Jasmin has choreographed for a number of other companies and won a string of awards. She is now creating some of the most original dance work around.
Tomorrow’s LBT performance looks set to be just that. Taking its title from the Roman goddess of justice, this dance theatre piece involves the audience as the jury.
“The story follows a crime case where the events are replayed several times from different perspectives, says Jasmin.
“The audience are in a similar position to a jury; they keep receiving new information that every time creates a new truth, a new reality.ŠEach audience member has a different point of view, but is there one absolute truth?Š
“Does what we see dictate our point of view, or is it our point of view that dictates what we see?”
For this narrative-based piece, Vardimon has collaborated with award-winning playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz (whose plays include Her Naked Skin and The Night Season, both at the National Theatre) to produce an original script.
Jasmin says of the theme of the piece: “For Justitia, the notions of guilt and justice in their wide and narrow scale were constantly on my mind.
“The piece is set in two locations: a courtroom where you traditionally try to prove ‘not guilty’ and a group therapy where you try to openly express your guilt.”
Tomorrow’s performance is the company’s only date in Yorkshire in its present national tour.
And if you think dance doesn’t have a hard edge, try Justitia.
Other dance companies due in at LBT this season include Motionhouse next month.
Tickets for the show on 01484 430528.