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Premiere: Between Heaven and Earth Festival 2012, Jerusalem | Artistic Directors: Daniella Michaeli and Ronen Yitzhaki 


On stage, a woman prepares the traditional meal for the coming Shabbat (Sabbath). Her daily routine becomes an inner journey into her body, through which feelings, memories and expectations surface and crystalize into a dance. 


"Woman of Valor", Eshet Chayil in Hebrew, is a hymn from the book of Proverbs in the Bible, customarily recited on Friday evenings, after returning from synagogue.

The Shabbat dinner and the Jewish tradition represent an organized and structured framework that can also be broken. The encounter between them and the individual body enables a reexamination of questions concerning the place of the woman between the private and public – what defines my "self", and to what extent does this definition depend on me or the society I live in?  


Eshet Chayil offers a look into a woman's secret world and sketches the depths of her body.

Creation and Choreography: Iris Nais-Hadar and Galit Liss 

Performer: Iris Nais-Hadar

Artistic Accompaniment: Daniella Michaeli and Ronen Itzhaki

Soundtrack: Moshe Shasho 

Piano: Yoav Ilan, Tomer Hadadi, Dr. Naama Oshri 

Stage, Props and Costume Design: Iris Nais-Hadar and Galit Liss 

Set: Gabriel Hadar

Photography: Tammy Weiss

Duration: 20 minutes

​The performance was made possible with the support of Between Heaven and Earth Dance Festival, the Ministry of Culture and the Choreographer's Association  


“Another good performance is "Eshet Chayil" by Iris Nais and Galit Liss… In the beautiful concluding scene, the table is covered with a white tablecloth and on it are wine glasses for Kiddush. This time, the dancer is on the table. She is the master. She progresses on all fours, spreading her arms and legs. She is flexible, changing directions, not holding back in her desire to spread wings, but at the same time does not damage the fragile glasses. Tension is created here between the awareness required for movement in the restricted area and the danger of breaking the glasses and getting hurt. Everything is open to interpretation, and perhaps this is the solution found by the woman who seeks fluid and expanding movement but also strives to preserve a territory identified with tradition”.

Ruth Eshel, Haaretz, 23.12.12

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