Experiencing Interruptions?


Art can be positive and energizing, it can raise a smile, bring joy and excitement.
It is an early and significant characteristic of any culture. But beyond that, It is a practice in which the spirit and values of our community can be shaped, molded and expressed.
Art is born from personal and social conflicts, and introduces those conflicts to an audience, forcing the public to ask itself questions often ignored.
Through art, our collective and personal subconscious raises to the surface, allowing us to examine it and better understand ourselves and our surroundings.
Slowly, but steadily, art has brought about changes in world orders, among other things, by being a way to talk about things we could not talk about, until they were presented to us as they were viewed by artists.
When performance art dropped to the bottom of government and national priorities, and even entirely shut down, Idecided to ask dance artists from around the world how it all affected their self image and self worth. I was overwhelmed and moved by the hundreds of dancers who asked to participate in the project. 17 of them received detailed instructions for improvisation and filming. The second part of the project included the editing. Myself and Assaf started out with compiling a multilayered soundtrack, through proofing and gathering all of the materials together, creating a complete harmonious piece. One that was aimed to be a metaphor of the dangers to society without art.
This film deals with the impact of the covid-19 pandemic crisis on stage artists' mental state, as an image of the profound impact of the absence of stage art on society.

  • Edya Stern
  • Edya Stern
  • Alma Livne. Kiryat Tivon, Israel Bertwin Ravi D'souza. Mumbai, India Cecilia bartolino. Berlin, Germany Dora Schembri. Rome, Italy Edya Stern. Tel Aviv, Israel Eleni Papaioannou. Athens, Greece Hayato Yamaguchi. Düsseldorf, Germany Hoyoung Im. Berlin, Germany Karen Fantasia. Rome, Italy Koral Peleg. Kiryat Ono, Israel Kyra Jean Green. Montréal, Canada Lia Ujčič. Izola, Slovenia Nadja Häussler. Hamburg, Germany Olivia Bouis. Paris, France Sanusi Deji. Oworonshoki, Lagos, Nigeria Shay Saver. Los Angeles, CA, U.S Spencer Everett. New York, U.S
    Key Cast
  • Assaf Kafri
  • Edya Stern
    Sound director
  • Assaf Kafri
    Sound director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Panorama International Indie Film Festival

  • Jersey Shore Film Festival

  • FlorenceDanceOnScreen

    honorable mention
  • Screen Dance Festival Stockholm
  • Berlin International Art Film Festival
  • Desassossego Short Dance Film Festival
  • Prague International Indie Film Festival
  • Boden International Film Festiva

  • Constructed Sight Dance Film Festival
  • Gallery Seculo, Caesarea Israel
  • Inbal Theater
  • Ben Ami gallery Tel Aviv
  • "Memoire-a-venir" gallery
Director Biography - Edya Stern

Edya Stern is an Israeli dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher. Based in Tel Aviv and a mother to twins now 6 years old. she is a B.Ed graduate in Dance & Education, and a Master's student at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University.
These days she is creating a dance quartet meant to raise questions on the ability to give, sacrifice, and support others, as well as the deeper interests that motivate these behaviors.
Another project by Edya “Shihi Enoshi” (loosely translated as 'A humane Friday’) which is now in its second year, is an artistic meeting of various artists with the audience with minimum to no buffers.
In 2021 after a year and a half of the corona shutdown, Edya created VACUUM - a dance film about the impact of the covid-19 pandemic crisis on stage artists' mental state and the profound impact of the absence of stage art on society. The film participated and was nominated for a prize in two festivals (US and Europe). This was Edya's second dance film after she collaborated with a director for the creation of “Freedom” which also participated in festivals around the world.
Edya currently dances In “Woman” a female dance project run by Yaniv Hoffman, which gives their point of view on the 'Me Too' movement, and has recently danced at the Sally Ann Friedland Dance Company - a renowned choreographer, based in Israel. Among others, she has also danced in DeDedoris Ensemble and the Shakatak group.
Edya is an experienced teacher of different professions in dance, mainly of Choreography, Contemporary Dance, both adults and youth.

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