Choreographer Inbal Pinto debuts her first duet at Suzanne Dellal Center

Since the beginning of his formidable career, Inbal Pinto has never choreographed a duet. The world of his creations has always been inhabited by multiple individuals. There were solos and duets in his works, namely the delicious bench duet in Wrapped, yet they were always part of a larger story involving other characters. This weekend, Pinto will present his first foray into a less populated world titled Living Room. The work was done at the invitation of the Suzanne Dellal Center, the first work of its kind commissioned by the center’s new executive director, Anat Fischer-Leventon, and artistic director, Naomi Perlov.

Fans will recognize the sharp features of Moran Muller, who starred in Outside de Pinto and Etgar Keret, a dance film that responded to anxieties about re-entering the world following the coronavirus shutdowns. And perhaps Muller draws a line between these two works, as she was the catalyst for Living Room.

“If there weren’t Moran,” Pinto says by phone, “I wouldn’t have done the piece.” It is noon and Pinto has contacted me to make sure this sentiment was communicated in our conversation the day before. It was, but I wanted to make sure to emphasize the importance of the contribution of the two dancers to this work. “Moran has a range that inspires me. It is wide, interesting and versatile. She has such a huge palette that I could give myself to her. “

On stage, Muller joins Itamar Serussi Sahar, who recently returned from a long period in Europe. “I heard that he was back in Israel and I called him right away. To do a piece like this, you need very sophisticated dancers. Both became the home of my creation, ”explains Pinto. He admits that his favorite moments in the piece are the ones when he can see that the dancers have made the choreography their own.

Inbal Pinto’s latest creation is ‘Fuga’ (credit: ROTEM MIZRAHI)

The world the two inhabit is outlined by a large painting, made by Pinto. “I did millions of versions before deciding which one was exactly correct,” he adds. The music for this piece was composed by cellist and singer Maya Belsitzman, who previously collaborated with Pinto en Fugue. The painting, the music, the costumes and the characters, as in all of Pinto’s works, bring to life an alternative galaxy, tender and nostalgic, painfully sharp and light as a feather at the same time. “The meaning of choreography is not to build movement,” he says, “it is to create the universe in which it exists. Creation makes a dialogue and speaks to you, it reveals itself to you. Those are wonderful times. “

Following the performances this weekend, Pinto will travel to Switzerland, where he will present a version of Fugue. Then, in 2022, he will direct, design and choreograph Pagliacci de Leoncavallo at the Israel Opera.
Living Room will be held at the Suzanne Dellal Center on November 12, 13 and 14. For more information visit

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