Interview: Tal Garmiza
Luca Curci talks with Tal Garmiza during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Tal is an Israeli dancer and poet, creating and exploring art and people through movement, words and video. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and writing poems since she was 9 years old. Her solo piece called “A Voyage to the Human Soul” is currently presenting in different art galleries, exhibitions and dance fringe nights in Israel and in Europe. This piece was formed both in Israel and in residencies in Holland and UK. Tal took part in different festivals in Suzanne Dellal Dance center in Tel Aviv and Fringe theatres preforming dance pieces collaborating with musicians. She is now working on a dance piece for three dancers called “The Three Graces”. She is also working on a pilot channel on social media called “Tal’s Poetry”, presenting poems that are being read out loud in English & Hebrew. She will be starting to work on her second poetry book next year. Tal believes that art is a necessity of the human experience, it exists in all of us and a good artist knows how to find it and help others tap into it through his/her creations.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Tal Garmiza – For me, creating art is existing. I Create – Therefore I am. Creating is a basic thing all humanity has in common and we create all the time. When you create art, you open a window that people can communicate through and they realize they have much more in common than they thought, and they can relate to one another and break barriers that sometimes are just not there.
LC – What are you currently working on?
TG – I’m working on a few things. I am performing with my solo piece “A Voyage to the Human Soul” that combines dance, poetry and video. I am also in a process of working on a piece called “The Three Graces” for three dancers. I am also publishing poetry online, both written and poetry videos, and planning on publishing a second poetry book next year.
LC – Are your performances focused on a specific theme?
TG – I create very personal art based on emotions and characters. I think that even without intending to do so my performances always explore different kinds of femininity. You can meet different women in my creation, or the same woman in different places in life. I explore the fine line between the reality, thoughts and the world of fantasy through movement, dance and words.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your performances?
TG – Usually the first performance in front of an audience is very challenging. You spend months with your creation between the walls of the studio, hoping something good will come out of it, exploring the most hidden depths of your soul and you don’t always know how the audience will react to your soul. Therefore, I find the first performance, the moment you expose yourself and what you’ve worked on for so long, to people you either know or don’t know, the most challenging moment. Artists decide to show what most people keep hidden and sometimes it is not an easy decision to make.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
TG – I think that artists remind us things we almost forgot – emotionally, sometimes even physically. I think that every art was contemporary art when it was first created. Every time in history art took a shift it was considered rebellious. Art pushes society and communities to their next step of thinking and social evolvement. Perhaps art is the prophet of the change which is about to happen.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
TG – I relate very much to the combination of different kinds of arts. I find mutual inspiration very important and meeting artists from all corners of the world with different perspectives on art really does expand my horizons.
LC – In which way the performance presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
TG – The interdisciplinary tools that I use that combines emotions being explored through body & words create a unique art language which is only mine, while every artist has its own unique language.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
TG – Very much! It’s a wonderful platform that I would love to take part in again.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
TG – Yes, because artists from different backgrounds and in different stages in their artistic careers come to share and present their art. It opens the door to many new artists, and I wish there were more opportunities and platforms like this one.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
TG – Definitely. It was very welcoming, and I really enjoyed it.