Choreographer Mor Shani presents Love-ism in collaboration with video artist Paul Sixta, a long term study inspired by the book  “Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm. With his research Shani wishes to take a closer look on the human experience of intimacy, challenging the perception and liquidity of the agreed upon, the sublime and the condemned. He asks:


“when do supreme ideas about love like care, mutuality and dependency stop being sacred and become sinful? And what is it that distinguishes one kind of love from another?”


The first chapter of Love-ism was presented at Cadance festival Den Haag in February 2013, staging 6 professional performers and 9 kids.

On 6th till 8th December 2013 Mor Shani has presented Love-ism in its full form, a series of duets, in the Krijn Boon Studio, Rotterdamse Schouwburg. The result was an epic piece in which Shani worked with a fixed team of five professional performers. Throughout community workshops for non-professionals this team is extended along the way. The piece that has been developed is inspired by the five theme’s in Fromm’s book:  brotherly love, parental love, erotic love, self-love and the love of God.

The final piece is a compilation of four different duets that portrays different kinds of love. Each of those duets can be presented separately and in double and triple bills combinations as well being accompanied by the Love-ism film.


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The concept of Love-ism emerged from Shani’s personal need to reconnect to the community after three years of working in the hermetic surroundings of the studio and the production houses. It is a reaction to the growing denial of the function of the arts in society, and grew out of the wish to expand the creative process beyond the premises of the professional filed – the wish to be relevant to a larger audience and to share not only a product but also the act of making.

Every Saturday in SKVR Shani meets a mixed group of amateurs, kids and adults, with whom he researches the border between a love that is sacred and a love that is sinful. The group is often extended with Shani’s professional cast that participate in the Love-ism study. The mix of personalities and experience causes an inspiring exchange of ideas, emotions and physical language.

Things That Matter – Film

During Love-ism choreographer Mor Shani is closely collaborating with video artist Paul Sixta. Sixta expands the conceptual grounds of Love-ism by challenging the discussion and making the process of creation transparent. He created a film about the “politics of intimacy”, researching the human experience of meeting significant others and strangers.

Sixta’s film products develop with the creation process and while touring. They are an integral part of the stage pieces themselves but also have a significant role in the community work and audience participation of Love-ism. Before each film showing a workshop with the audience will be held. It is a great way for the audience to experience the “politics of intimacy” first hand. The resulting footage will be edited into the film. This results in a unique film on each location.

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Concept and Choreography | Mor Shani

Film | Paul Sixta

Performers | Pawel Konior, Connor Schumacher, Majon van der Schot, Chris Tandy, David Krugel, Simon Versnel, Inge van Huijkelom
Artistic management | Shiran Shveka

Photo | Paul Sixta, Ewa Szymczyk

Music | Jaap van Keulen

Artistic advice | Anne-Marije van den Bersselaar, Renée Copraij, Kristin de Groot
Production | Dansateliers, SKVR Rotterdam, ICKAmsterdam, Act Your Age and Frascati Productions

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