We are Israeli artists Matan Zamir and Gal Naor (performers, choreographers, directors), living in Berlin and, since 2014, creating together under the artistic umbrella of The progressive wave (GbR), an inclusive creative collaborative.
We are devastated and heartbroken by the situation in our homeland and condemn all violence and war.
On the verge of an ethical and political crisis, and when the values of Western democracies are threatened to be questioned, we believe that if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.
In the summer of 2023, we finished with the concept writing of Science of Signs III: The Water Warrior, where we elaborated on the criticality and urgency in creating peace-producing artistic and social content and, despite the inconvenience, dealing with the excess baggage of the untreated collective trauma of World War II (and the Jewish Holocaust in particular) to boldly mark 80 years to the fall of the Nazi regime in an anti-patriarchal, collaborative creative container, inviting a multicultural and multilingual creative container held in a German-Israeli network during 2024-25.
Inspired by a tale told in the native Brazilian-Amazonian tribes about the ancient Peace alliance between King Salomon and the Paje (Shaman-leader) of numerous Amazonian tribes (back when Salomon was King in Jerusalem,) our poetic vision is entering tribal Amazonian performative practices (and aesthetics) into the dark period of the Holocaust as an agency karmically clean the collective and reduce the venom of hate and ignorance.
In 2025, Science of Signs III: The Water Warrior will bring the Amazonian shamanic performative practice and aesthetics into the Nazi camps to perform a necessary surgery in the heart of the collective. Eighty years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau hate camp (1945), we are called to facilitate a modern poetic “exorcism” birthing through hardship a more decent and round reburial for the neglected collective trauma, rooted in today, here and now.
The heavy choice of such a disturbing theme came from a deep understanding that the final chapter in our performance trilogy must deal with the uncanny and uncomfortable “shadow work” of yesterday to fully invite the Goddess of Tomorrow, Divine Matriarchy (aka “the great unknown” / “divine darkness”) along with both painful and beautiful Peace teachings.
In October 2023, we woke up to a reality where the moral lesson of hate returns to knock on our doors as a collective, asking for recognition and healing.
Why Native Amazonian?
During Covid days, as part of Science of Signs III artistic research, we each received the DIS-TANZ-SOLO research fund and dedicated the seven-month individual exploration to Amazonian cultures, focusing on their music. The grant allowed us to travel to Brazil to learn closely the traditions of two indigenous Amazonian cultures, the Huni Kuin tribe and the Yawanawa tribe. Under their supervision, we went through certain initiations and purification diets to receive the sacred melodies and chants from them. Through the Indigenous Amazonian prism, the ancient poems and sacred melodies we received from them are like seeds that were being planted in us, and we carry them (and practice them). We are forever disciples and continue our studies.
On the socio-cultural aspect, a different yet helpful equivalence: similar to Deaf and Sign Language culture, same with the Natives; after spending proper time with them and learning their codes, we became their allies and received their permission and encouragement to spread the essence of their message through their music.
As pro-peace artistic activists in times of a post-modern biblical fight over who is indigenous to the land, we invite the peace-bringing earthy wisdom of the Native Amazonian to teach us all a lesson of Divine Morality and Nature Laws based on Peace and Love as streams of consciousness. Our work will be emotionally accompanied by live music of the Amazonian indigenous’ sacred healing melodies fusing German, Hebrew, and Arab poems, chants, and prayers, among many world languages.
Sign Language(s) will be dominant in our choreographic creation performed by Deaf and Sign Language performers.
SOS III: The Water Warrior (working title) is an SOS call for the intellectual on the threshold of World War III, the war over the mind and heart of the individual and the collective.Read More
Since Covid years, we have established a talented collective of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish multidisciplinary professionals who jointly choose to create together in peace and for peace and promote the value of love through live music and singing, deep body-mind somatic work, and positive engagement in pro-peace discussions.
The “War for Peace” attributes of the Aquarian Matriarch era are our building blocks.
We will embody the fierce Aquarian rebellious essence that demands true freedom (and freedom of Truth) to resist the patriarchic tyranny of falsehood and ask to break free of old and sick patterns to welcome Matriarchy and Her teachings of Peace and Justice.
Attentive to the zeitgeist, The Water Warrior understands it must face the hateful, ugly demon of yesterday as an essential part of welcoming the gifts of tomorrow.
Especially these days, as an inclusive and diverse artistic collective, we believe art should function as a brave mirror to society and hold meta-political-poetical power.
Can we even stay meta-political without getting our hands in the dirt of war? Should we metaphorically raise only white surrendering flags? Alternatively, better, we declare our political statement as “Queers for Peace” and rainbow our flags; a pink-instead-of-red Palestinian flag and a Zionist flag with a purple-Star-of-David. Can we be politically specific and meta-political at the same time? As pro-peace creative activists, and with such a particular theme, we believe entering specifications is inevitable. However, we promise to reside near divine morals and protect them at all costs.
Together with our artistic and intellectual collaborators, we will explore the relations between human morality and divine principles such as Compassion, Justice, Faith, Friendship, and Peace and deepen our performative aesthetic inquiry respectful to universal heritage. Moreover, we will deal with their negative appearances, such as hate, fear, worry, judgment, and jealousy.
After poetically analyzing the relevance of fundamental aspects in (so-called-esoteric) Kabbalah secret wisdom and the Hindu Upanishads in Science of Signs I+II, we ask today the Amazonian Shamanic practices for shamanic-poetic tools to perform a delicate and crucial surgery in the heart and mind of the collective.
Did the collective internalize the lesson of the Holocaust? Did we internalize the lessons of hate and love? World War II and its lessons belong to the world as a whole, and the Holocaust is an untreated trauma in the subconscious of the entire human collective. However, the German and Jewish nations are carrying the heavy burdensome on their undetected shoulders on both generational and collective levels.
Are we making enough effort to recognize and heal our suppressed pain and learn its defense mechanism? Have we ever allowed ourselves to hold it together, Germans and Israelis, honestly, boldly, and mindfully, for ourselves, future generations, and the greater good? First and second generations of WWII had to forget the atrocities as an urge, a survival mechanism. As artists who aspire to welcome the new age, we believe it is essential to go against the avoidance mechanism and discover the uncompromising beauty behind the pain.
We are foolproof that with clean and clear intentions, we, the mindful second and third generations on both sides, can choose to heal the undiscussed mental wounds and, by that, help close humanity’s current bleeding wound and serve as an example of brave peace practitioners.
When the levels of violence are high, art and culture should balance tolerance. By denying to fulfill our moral duty as a forward-looking society, we risk increasing ignorance, hatred, and disturbance in the future reality we all wish to build together, where all parts of society feel physically safe and emotionally acknowledged.
We are confident that with clean and clear intentions, we, the mindful second and third generations on both sides, can choose to heal the undiscussed mental wounds and, by that, help close humanity’s current bleeding wound and serve as an example of brave peace practitioners.
To increase meta-political positivity and a solution-oriented dialogue, in 2024, The progressive wave collective will enter a broad artistic research process, including moderated talk
Our one-year workshop-based research will be a weave of social and creative guided activities used as practical pro-peace tools, resulting in discussions and showings influential for the collective trauma healing process. Apart from Workshop 8, the mending process of the indirect WWII generational victimhood won’t be dealt with directly.
Out of love for nature, language, poetics, dance, and music, our work will emphasize collaboration, inclusion, and solidarity in opposition to patriarchal tyranny and promote peace values, human ethics, and non-violent communication.
Please contact us to receive more information about our 2024 peace-producing research workshops.
Matan Zamir & Gal Naor