Maayan Liebman-Sharon is a Jerusalem-based choreographer who often collaborates with artists from different disciplines, scientists and intellectuals, to create diverse projects in often unconventional spaces. Extinction and loneliness in the 21st century, the climate crisis, and the gap between reality and fantasy are some of the themes that she has explored in recent years.

During the artist residency, Maayan Liebman-Sharon wishes to explore the concept of the afternoon nap and its space, which she does in the Rose Garden across from the Israeli Knesset.

The afternoon nap was practiced in the first decades of Israel, but in recent years the custom seems to have disappeared as a result of the overload, intensiveness, and lack of time that characterize today’s lifestyle. The artistic action wishes to take this custom back to its original source, and to reinstate the legitimacy of this action that is still practiced in many cultures around the world.

The nap stands for softness and a scheduled pause from the endless race of our lives. In this work, the dreaming ritual offers the Knesset time devoted to thinking, breathing and lingering in the face of the relentless – and as it sometimes seems – hollow, pursuit.

The public is invited to a multi-sensory experience that includes a tour of the Rose Garden, watching a dance before bed, a nap welcoming and awakening ritual, and a guided napping.

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