Neta Gracewell London, United Kingdom
Hello :) I'm Neta, a director, performer, facilitator and multidisciplinary artist based in London, originally from Israel. I have experience in devising, team management and performance, and am interested in movement, theatre in translation, cultural exchange and exploring new forms of audience engagements in the arts, especially in a social/communal context.
My theatre practice is quite eclectic and spans over directing, devising and performing, using various methods and forms. I'm always curious to collaborate on a new project and find myself expanding and stretching my comfort zone, especially in the realm of movement.
In my creative works I aim to interrogates the relationship between the audience and the performance, and the unique opportunity for a delicate moment of connection to happen. I always seek ways in which she can reach the audience in an authentic, genuine and intimate way.
In 2020, during lockdown and in response to the ongoing pandemic, I co-created and performed in @iContact: Mirror Talk, an interactive one-to-one performance, which has been performed in Camden People's Theatre, London, and in two festivals in Xi An, China - FeiTeng Urban Revival Festival and Zimax Art Hotel. This is the first production of High Contact Theatre - https://www.highcontacttheatre.com/
In 2019 I directed an ambitious adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, with only 4 actors playing on a stage set inspired by The Truman Show and the game of chess.
However, theatre and performance aren't the only art I engage in. I've always been a keen writer (mostly of poems and short stories) and crafts person, working with different materials. I have recently had a work of mine published in Artists Responding To zine.
Since the pandemic started, and having spent lockdown both in Tel Aviv and London, I developed a practice of street art and installations, creating an unmediated dialogue with audiences about questions relevant to our current situation. I work prominently with covid-19 face masks and red tape, using the public realm as a blank canvas on which I can express my questions regarding the current social and political situation. Out of my street art works the interactive dance installation So Close was born. It has been engaging communities in Tel Aviv since January 2021, and is now making its way into London, following a performance as part of Haven + Wilderness exhibition at St. Pancras New Church.
I have a B.Ed in Theatre Directing and Drama Teaching from Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv, and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
Projects and exhibitions
29/03/2021 — ongoing
The Haven + London is curating an exhibition consisting of 40 works dealing with the subject of Wilderness, as a metaphor of the past year and the experience of the pandemic. My sculpture Got You Covered is exhibiting and for sale. My performance So Close was performed as part of the exhibition as well
|St. Pancras New Church, London||Details|
Art in these Times
25/02/2021 — 30/03/2021
Ben Ami gallery has curated an exhibition consisting of various art works made during the pandemic, of different mediums. I presented my sculpture Got You Covered, as well as prints of my mask poetry (street art).
|Ben Ami Gallery, Tel Aviv||Details|