The Jewish Connection Project by Lisi Estaras & Ido Batash

Lisi Estaras and Ido Batash met in 2012 during the creation of C(H)OEURS directed by Alain Platel. They found a strong sense of affinity in the materials and ideas and certain ways to approach movement and physical states. Occasionally while working in the studio together, people would refer to them in a humorous way as “the Jewish connection”. These brought them to the question: Is there such a connection? What is the cause of our affinity?

In this piece, dancers and choreographers Lisi Estaras and Ido Batash question their own contradictory and ambiguous feelings towards their Jewish identity. Together with two other dancers and a soprano they try to find the essence of who they are as a (Jewish) collective.

Anxiety, awkwardness, impulsiveness, confusion and ambiguity are recurrent themes in the work. High energy as a possible trigger and the different movement/states/expressions qualities to arrive to a unique language of physical poetry. The body is allowed to talk by itself as it is the carrier of the emotional and physical history of the creators’ ancestors, identity and self. It is this process that may bring them to the core of who they are.


Duration: 60 min.


A production by Monkey Mind Company I Lisi Estaras. Developped at Co-laBo/les ballets C de la B with the support of CAMPO Gent. MonkeyMind vzw received a financial aid of the Flemish Government and the City of Ghent. Thanks to Alain Platel/les ballets C de la B, De Grote Post Oostende, MASH Dance House Jérusalem.