Diti Ronen on Dualism by Ido Gidron

דיתי רונן על ש.ניות מאת עידו גידרון

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.קֶרֶן אוֹר עוֹבֶרֶת בֵּין הַשְּׁנַיִם. בֵּין הַשְּׁתַּיִם
.לוֹחֶצֶת צַד אֶל צַד, רֹאשׁ אֶל רֹאשׁ, גּוּף אֶל גּוּף
בְּתַעְתּוּעַ הַמִּגְדַּר מִתְבַּהֵר הַמַּאֲבָק: מָה בֵּינָהּ
לְבֵינוֹ? בֵּינוֹ לְבֵינוֹ? בֵּינָהּ לְבֵינָהּ? כַּמָּה שֶׁיִּגְדְּלוּ
,כַּמָּה שֶׁיִּלְחֲצוּ כַּמָּה שֶׁיִּדְחֲפוּ כַּמָּה שֶׁיִּתְאַמְּצוּ כַּמָּה
.תָּמִיד הַפֶּה דָּבוּק וְהַיָּדַיִם נִפְתָּחוֹת. הַגּוּף תָּמִיד נִפְרַשׂ
וְתָמִיד יִגְדְּלוּ וְתָמִיד יִלְחֲצוּ וְתָמִיד יִדְחֲפוּ וְתָמִיד יִתְאַמְּצוּ וְתָמִיד
הַפֶּה דָּבוּק וְהַיָּדַיִם נִפְתָּחוֹת, וְתָמִיד הַגּוּף נִפְרַשׂ. חֲסַר אוֹנִים אֶל
מוּל קֶרֶן אוֹר הָעוֹבֶרֶת בֵּין הַשְּׁנַיִם. בֵּין הַשְּׁתַּיִם. לוֹחֶצֶת צַד אֶל צַד
.רֹאשׁ אֶל רֹאשׁ, גּוּף אֶל גּוּף, תָּמִיד הַפֶּה דָּבוּק


עידו גידרון הציג את ש.ניות כחלק בתחרות הכוריאוגרפים הבינלאומית 2017 של מרכז מחול שלם. העבודה זכתה במקום שלישי.

A ray of light passes between The two.

Presses side to side, head to head, body to body.

In the illusion of gender the struggle becomes clear, what is between her

And him? Between him and her? Between her and her? It all makes no difference,

As much as they grown, as much as they press, as much as

They push, as much as they exert

The mouth is always glued and the arms outstretched. The body is always spread.

And always they grow and always they press side to side head to head body to body

And always they push and always they exert

And always the mouth is glued and the arms are outstretched

And always the body is spread, helpless, striving to unite to mingle to become one

Pressing side to side, head to head,

Body to body and always the mouth glued.

Ido Gidron presented Dualism as part of Machol Shalem Dance House‘s 2017 International Choreography Competition. The piece won third place. 

Dr. Diti Ronen is a poet, an editor and a translator of poetry.

Ronen has published six full length poetry books, as well as numerous essays and articles. Her poetry has been translated into many languages and published in literary magazines and anthologies worldwide. Ronen performs her work on different stages in Israel and around the world. She was awarded three International poetry awards, including the Terra Poetica Award, two national awards , prizes of honors, poetry residencies and scholarships.

Her poetry is derived from her personal narrative, being part of a persecuted minority, as well as from imaginary alternative narratives. Accordingly, Ronen’s literary work is varied from feminist poetry, like in the book “Inner Moon: Note book” (Hakiboutz Hameuchad, 2002) that relates to the female Menstrual cycle in relation to the Moon monthly cycle, to her own family memory, like in the book “littlebird” (Bar Ilan, 2010) that relates to a specific event in The Holocaust, and to journey poetry, like in the book “The return of the house and its wanderings” (Hakiboutz Hameuchad, 2016) that relates to her search for a home (The book was awarded by the Kugel Literary Award). Her upcoming book, “Many Mothers“, relates to her collective-personal memories of her own feminine existence in previous generations.

Ronen has also edited five poetry books, all of them published in Israel (Pardess Publishing House, Haifa, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). She is currently in a process of editing two additional poetry books, one of them is expected to be published in 2018, and the second in 2019.

Ronen has translated and published numerous poems, all of them translated from English along and together with the poets. Currently she is working together with the poet Amir Or on a Young Georgian Poetry Anthology.

Beside her literary work, Ronen is a lecturer and a researcher of Arts, Theatre & Cultural Policy and she writes policy papers and advises on culture and arts to different organizations. She recently left her work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to focus on poetry. She is the former head of Cultural Policy, Theatre and Literature Departments in the Israeli Ministry of Culture. Her academic work is in Theatre, and her research explores the Actor’s cognitive work while performing his role as a character on stage in front of an audience.

Diti was born in Tel Aviv. She is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and the mother of five. She lives with her spouse in Neve Monoson, a community near Tel Aviv.