Eifo At/a / Eifo Ani — WHERE ARE YOU / WHERE AM I
The project's basic material
revolves around sounds, voices and movements from the past, from the childhood into the present, according to the festival’s ‘Leitmotiv’ / guiding theme ‘Why Music?’. Dorothea & Omri are looking for sparks in movement and sound which arise from a
hidden memory linking to art and folk dance movements, everyday and mainstream expressions in music and dance. A strong impact onto the performance has the attention to the extinct Yiddish language of a small Jewish community near Zurich, in
Aargau, a Canton in northern Switzerland. It puts light onto the history and facts that from the 17th to the mid-19th century this was the only area of the permanent Jewish settlement in Switzerland; the Jews lived in the Surbtal in the two communities of Endingen and Lengnau, from where they directed the struggle for the emancipation of Jews in Switzerland. The performers are asking themselves what the sound of (this) language is. ‘What do we hear, how does it resonate today on a physical and verbal level and in a metaphorical sense? What do we do with it, what does it do to us?’ The isolation of this Jewish community in the past, and it’s dialect which had developed over time, could raise issues relating to realities immigrants are facing today and other people who have been isolated from a central society, experiencing situations of alienation. The live-streaming aspect of this work is providing a channel of research how virtuality and its topics, being in a place and at the same time out of place (and also out of time), can effect and affect performers, the media-specialists involved and the audience.