Jason Danino Holtby Camea Smith | 21.07.19
Jason Danino Holt is a multidisciplinary artist, playwright, theatre director and performer based in Tel Aviv. In 2016, he was appointed as the artistic director of Habait, an independent theatre located on the outskirts of Jaffa’s flea market. In the last three years, Danino Holt and the theatre’s co-artistic director Marina Beltov have promoted controversial and avant-garde contemporary live art, theatre and dance, providing a platform for established and promising young performers.
While setting the tone of the cultural agenda of Habait theatre, Danino Holt has also presented some of his own projects on the theatre’s stage. A video he produced in collaboration with The Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin, “He Came to Berlin to Die,” was shown prior to “A_MeN,” a dance performance by the dancer and choreographer Etay Axelroad. Described by Danino Holt as a “short video poem,” the ongoing project features documentary fragments and weaves together fact and fiction.
Another personal project by Danino Holt that returned to stage in Habait Theatre is the birthday performance “32.” In the performance that was first premiered in the theatre in 2017, he invites his fellow students from the theatre major in his high school to celebrate his birthday with him on stage. The project provides the viewers a sneak peek into a highschool reunion event, indulging in reminiscence about the past with both actors and people who have pursued different career paths as a home maker, a therapist, a musician and a teacher.
Simultaneously, Danino Holt experiments in showing his creations in alternative spaces. After presenting his confessional performance “Not Letting It In” in various venues, including the Design Museum in Holon and the Beit Ariela Library in Tel Aviv, Danino Holt decided to host the durational theatrical event in his own living room. As the participatory show revolves around personal confessions of the performers and the audience and blurs the boundaries between public and private, the unconventional setting in the creator’s home only furthers its appeal.