Sinuous costumes, movements in Inbal Pinto’s ‘Wallflower’
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Sinuous costumes, movements in Inbal Pinto’s ‘Wallflower’

Modern dance gets dreamy at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

It’s a good weekend for visiting the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, currently hosting Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak’s production of “Wallflower,” their 2014, award-winning ode to color, space and sound.

Swathed in Pucci-like, knit onesies, the dancers spread themselves around the stark white walls of the museum’s sculpture gallery, dreamily moving to the unusual sounds made by the Japanese trio of musicians who form the backbone of the production.

With oversized, silent videos of the dancers playing on the immense walls of one side of the gallery, and the quiet cacophony of the music — thanks to three accordions and some other unusual sounds created by the trio — it can be hard to know what to look at first.

There are also the sinuous, sliding movements of the dancers, whose colorful costumes are eye-grabbing, deliberately so, with circles knitted around the women’s breasts and on the cheeks of their backsides.

It all adds to the fantasy of watching this performance, interrupted only by the creaks and shifts of the metal rafters, in which the audience is seated, towering above the stage below.

“Wallflower,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Friday, February 11, 2 pm; Saturday, February 12, 5 pm and 9 pm, NIS 170 per ticket.

Once you’re in the museum, be sure to check out one of the new exhibits, “My Selfie and I,” in which the viewers’ selfies — using their own cameras and other technology and software set up as part of the exhibit — become the raw material for understanding why people like to look at themselves. An exhibit that’s great for the whole family, in the main building.

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