“Growing up, we typically spend more time with our brothers and sisters than we do with our parents. In an age of divorce, mobility, and alienation, the sibling bond is often the only one that really lasts.
“Our lives as siblings […] are played out along this ‘cooperation-competition continuum’. We probably learn more about loyalty and competition from our sisters and brothers than from anyone else […] Siblings, more than parents, more than teachers, and friends and lovers and pets, shape ‘the people we are’”. (Henry Abramovitch, Brothers and Sisters: Myth and Reality)
A special theatre moment, painful and witty humor, emotional intensity evident in every moment. (Nano Shabtai, Haaretz)
Brilliant text… subversive, defies conventions, and challenges flattening generalizations. (Ora Brafman, DanceTalk)
A moving, gut-wrenching work performed by three talented and courageous actors. (Aviva Rosen, Martha Yodaat)
Tugs at your heartstrings, evokes personal memories, superbly performed. Immense physicality, powerful scenes… Wonderful, lyrical text, full of associations. (Dvora Namir)
Mejinik won the Golden Hedgehog Fringe Theatre Awards for Best Play and Best Director.
Neta Weiner is a director, musician, poet, and actor. He is the lead singer and accordionist in the multilingual Jewish-Palestinian hip-hop ensemble System Ali, and the artistic director of Beit System Ali Culture Center in Holon’s Jessy Cohen neighborhood. The band has been working for twelve years, creating and performing in Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, English, Yiddish, and Amharic.
In the past decade, Weiner has created Spoken Word shows and widely acclaimed and award-winning plays, which have been produced for festivals and major theatres in Israel and abroad.
Weiner’s creation Cut. Loose, co-created with choreographer Stav Marin, premiered at the Akko Festival of Alternative Theatre, and won the Israel Festival Prize and the Stage Language Award in the Israel Fringe Theatre Contest. This work explores intimate relationships and the balance of power through an examination of mother tongues – male and female language, verbal and non-verbal.
In January 2019, Weiner launched his creation Mejinik in collaboration with Marin. The work deals with sibling relations through physical, verbal, and vocal study. This work was produced and performed by the Tmu-na Theatre Ensemble of Tel Aviv.
Weiner has practiced different martial arts for some twenty years, and is a licensed teacher of Wing Tsun Kung Fu.
Stav Marin is a choreographer and dancer. As a dancer and performer, Stav participated in dozens of dance and theatre productions performed in Israel and abroad, and has collaborated with a variety of choreographers, dance companies, and artists.
In the past decade, she has created her own works which explore the physical-verbal connection, including the solo performance May I – Just a Question (Intimadance Festival 2015), Cut. Loose (Akko Festival of Alternative Theatre, 2016), which won the Israel Festival Award and the Stage Language Award in the Israeli Fringe Theatre contest in 2017. Her collaborative work with dancer choreographer Meirav Dagan, Come Closer, premiered at the 2016 Curtain Up Festival, and performed at the Stockholm Fringe Festival in Sweden and the Diversia Festival in Russia. Her work Marin Dynasty was performed in the 2017 Between Heaven and Earth Festival at the Israel Museum.
In September 2018, she was invited, together with Neta Weiner, to Tallinn, Estonia, to create a dance piece for the Fine5 Dance Company.
In January 2019, Mejinik, which she co-created with Neta Weiner for the Tmu-na Theatre Ensemble, made its debut.