Six years in an hour-and-a-half.
For the past six years, we’ve gone through fertility treatments. We never talked about it. There wasn’t anyone to ask in our surroundings, because not a single couple talked about it. This play is based on our story, and the stories of other women and couples, and is comprised of moments from real and imagined memories, documentary materials, and the choreography of waiting rooms.
A couple undergoing fertility treatments is stuck in a waiting room together with a chorus of waiting women. They deal with powers greater than themselves, such as the medical institution, which alongside the desire to help is busy with endless bureaucracy, ego, and profit. Or family members, friends, and strangers who ask “how they are”, thus only deepening the couple’s trauma, and the thunderous silence surrounding their emotional state.
The show won prizes for Best Performance, Best Actress (Lir Katz), and Best Stage Design (Iris Mualem) at the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre, 2022.
Nataly Zukerman is an independent performance artist, dramaturg, artistic director and lecturer. She has created and participated in numerous theatre, dance, and performance works, globally, spanning her twenty-year career. Nataly’s work deals with notions of body, identity, and disability, as she creates autobiographical and interdisciplinary works. Her works include: Blueberry, for which she won Best Performance at the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre; Practice Makes Perfect, for which she won Best Performer at the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre, 2015; The Other Body, for which she won Best Performer at the Israeli fringe awards, 2014. In the past two years, Nataly has served (together with Ayala Frenkel) as co-artistic director of Kelim Dance Festival at Kelim Choreographic Center. Nataly also works as a lecturer in the Theatre Department at Tel Aviv University, and Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, teaching performance and theatre education.
Tomer Koppel, a graduate of the Performing Arts School at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, has been a professional actor since 2014. He has performed in various theatre productions, such as Eyes Closed, Mona Lisa Has a Moustache, Alone Together, Startup, A Nightmare, Bus 92, Shushuz, The Stronger, Golden Heart Flower, New World Order, Last to Go, and Practice Makes Perfect. On television, he has appeared in shows like A Very Important Man, The Dubbed, and The Kibbutzniks. Since 2020, Tomer has been working as a guide for healthy sexuality and sex education for teens in schools.
Atalia Branzburg is a performance and theatre creator and educator. She has created works in Israel and Ireland, in which she also participated. Her works include Blueberry (co-creator) – Best Performance Award at the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre; The Other Body – Best Performer at the Israeli Fringe Awards; The Opening of the New Branch at the War Zone Museum: Bad Renro and Lady Gaga on Amud Annan (with Dov Or Ner, Tmu-na Theatre), and It Folds (Junk Ensemble, Dublin Fringe Festival).
Ori Lenkinski is a Tel Aviv-based dancer, actress, choreographer, and journalist. Her work, whether on stage, the internet, or on paper, is devoted to exploring the connection between words and movement. As a dancer, Ori has worked with choreographers in the USA, Europe, and Israel. Her works include The Painting, Portrait #2, The Suit, Meet Me in the Market, Help Desk, and Birth Preparation Course, as well as the dance films Carriage and Expecting. Ori’s works have been presented throughout Israel, North America, and Europe.
*The performance contains content related to miscarriage, termination of pregnancy, and fertility issues.