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Intersection explores interactions among dancers, musicians, and artists, particularly Peter Chaika, an artist-outsider with Down Syndrome. This collaboration juxtaposes authenticity with notions of societal order.  It is a powerful, visceral, emotional, and sometimes brutal truly authentic conversation of ‘other’ with society. The narrative of the space is created not by what artists bring into the space but by the immediate authenticity in the conversation they shared. 


Conceived and directed by choreographer Erika Tsimbrovsky, Intersection is an improvised multi-media performance featuring Peter Chaika (dance, live painting, voice), Slava Ganelin (live music), Erika Tsimbrovsky (dance), Vadim Puyandaev (movement/actions/visuals), Izmail Galin (co-design), Seventeen Migs of Spring (live music), and Constantin Grossman (video documentation). 

This performance has been made possible by grants from Israeli Lottery Grant for interdisciplinary research-performance with Artist Outsider with Down Syndrome and Talder Group.

2005    Intersection -  International festival 100% art,  new Cameri Theater, Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Avy K and Peter Chayka (Artist Outsider with Down Syndrome)
Live music by Slava Ganelin

2004    Intersection - Suzanne  Dellal center, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Avy K and Peter Chayka (Artist Outsider with Down Syndrome)
Live music by Seventeen Migs of Spring.

photos by Natasha Zborovskaya-Sigawi 

Intersection sessions

From Erika Tsimbrovsky's documentation on the work with Peter: 


During one of our Intersection’s sessions, while Vadim spilled paint over his body and slowly turned in a low seating position, one could see his face reveal itself over time—and it was covered in white paint. Vadim danced with the paint at a slow pace allowing the liquid paint substance to communicate with his moving body skin, and the paint which slid over his body appeared like symbols and signs. Vadim’s face looked like a mask from a Greek tragedy, or as though it was covered in the white ash of out ancestors. Ancestors stared at us through Vadim’s mask—this is how I felt this interaction between Vadim and Peter. We asked Peter to interact with Vadim's action from a distance with a microphone in hand—as if to give voice to this enactment. Peter looked at Vadim and sang what he felt and saw. After some time, we realized that he wasn’t just singing, but that he was singing the alphabet. The alphabet spilled from Peter’s voice like the paint slid on Vadim’s body. Since Peter’s differently constructed mouth cavity impacts his voice, the alphabetical singing signs came out strange, and he had a hard time pronouncing them properly. This transformation in his voice birthed an image of 'an archaic flow of sounds from another world.' It was as though a message came from the “Wise Down.” Later, this alphabetic singing inspired our future project, Scrap-Soup.



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