Hadas Ophratby Telavivian | 11.10.17
Written by Estee Balsam
It could be argued that Hadas Ophrat’s work, at its core performance art, is as inaccessible as it is strange. Yet, in 2016, the multidisciplinary artist was awarded the Israel Prize for the performing arts in theater and dance. A symbol not only of his extensive body of work created over the past four decades, but also of the recognition of the evident path marked by what was until now considered on the fringe of the art world.
With a background in theater, the committed performer casts himself into theatrical situations revealing a determined and unconventional portrait. Shifting between writing, puppetry, performance, installation, video and sound, he preserves a current of multiple narratives, thus calling into question forms of observation and intervention expressing existential concerns and desires.
Founder of the School of Visual Theatre, the Train Theatre, the Hazira Performance Art Arena in Jerusalem, numerous festivals and Arteam-Interdisciplinary Art Team, Hadas Ophrat has been immensely instrumental in laying the foundations for multidisciplinary art in Israel. His work continues to introduce performance art as a real time occurrence for which a totality is required, leaving the performer with little space, if any, for ‘faking it’.
Ophrat’s “La Rotonda and I-Remix” is now on view as part of the exhibition Trait Pour Trait: Portrait of the Museum at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.