Followspot is a multi-disciplinary performance combining solo piano, animation, and installation art.
It unravels the story of a lonely, outcast stagehand, living with his sickly parents, working
as a followspot operator in a megalomaniac production at the National Theatre. But everything changes one night when one of the show's dancers becomes his heart's obssession, as she stumbles on stage, and he instinctively turns his followspot at her, along with his entire Being.
An old rickety piano which serves as a shelf in his parents’ basement flat provides an escape from the alienation of his life. The live music blends with the character’s inner world such that each becomes the mirror image of the other.
Created by : Itamar Gross and Aharon Levin
Original Music : Itamar Gross
Director : Aharon Levin
Director Of Animation : Shahaf Ram
Stage Design : Roi Alter
Video Art : Oren Gabay
Lighting Design : Nimrod Danishman and Liran Itzhak
Sound Design : Lenny Ben Basat & Avi Elbaz
Story By : Shirly Sasson-Ezer & Ahron Levin
Production Manager : Nina Oppenheim
About The Creators
Aharon Levin, independent artist, director and playwright.
Born in 1980. Aharon studied literature and Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. Aharon writes and directs for theatre, film and music videos. Won the first prize in the Acco Festival of Alternative Theatre for his play "Pfffffff". His work "A Man Stands behind a Seated Woman", performed at Habima, the National Theatre of Israel as well as in the Cameri Theatre. Other works Aharon wrote and directed- "Love and Knowledge" (short film 2016) "The Little Mole" (musical play for children 2015) "Under The Blue Skies" (satirical play 2006). Currently living in Berlin, Aharon just finished writing a new children’s play and is about to finish his first feature screenplay, an adaptation of the play by Hanoch Levin “The walkers in the dark”.
Itamar Gross, pianist, composer, musical director and music producer.
Born in 1980. Itamar has composed music for theater, film and dance, and works as an orchestrator and musical director for the performing arts in a wide range of independent and repertory stage productions. Itamar has collaborated with major musical institutions and artists, including The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Jazz Orchestra. Amongst his works as a composer- "Muranow" (will premiere in the Jerusalem Film Festival 2020) "A Kind Bear" (Elad theatre 2019) "While The Fireflies Disappear" (Inbal Dance Theatre Company 2018) "The Little Mole" (musical play for children 2015) “A Closed Story” (Docaviv film Festival 2015) “The Door Upfront” (Khan theatre 2014) "Pfffffff" (Acco Festival of Alternative Theatre 2013)
Shahaf Ram, animator, animation director, concept artist.
Born in 1988. Shahaf studied and graduated with honors from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. His graduation film "This is How it Starts" won top prizes at several festivals: Animics festival (Tel Aviv) Ottawa Intenational Animation Festival (Canada) Anima Mundi (Brazil) Monstra (Lisbon).
After graduation, Shahaf created art and video clips for top Israeli musicians,
showcased in several exhibitions around the world, created animation for theater plays, and continues to create and produce his independent art and films.
In 2019 he won the Gross Prize at the Asif festival, awarded for an Israeli independent animator who has shown excellence over time.