Photographer credit: Mikkel Arnfred

CATHARSES demonstrates femaleism.

In the research leading to the creation of CATHARSES, choreographer Israel Aloni sensed the urgent need to create a new language which would express the exact fascination which was on his mind. This is how the term femalism was created.


Femaleism is the advocacy for the female form and being. It relates to female as an energetic force which is vivid in micro and macro existences. It emerges from the notion that Female is not only a gender which dictates a social status and biological properties. The femaleism in CATHARSES challenges the limited and discriminating approach towards female and its significance in our reality.

CATHARSES is a physical, sensual and emotional exploration of various female qualities. It approaches gender as an energy, a spiritual and universal force which is totally freed from the mandatory social constructs. We all contain female in us and are contained by the female around us, how does it suffice? The piece is a vital cycle of a courageous release which takes the performers, and possibly the audience, through an ecstatic adventure.

CATHARSES is a solo piece for two performers. It is a protest of two individuals voicing the one voice of femaleism. The performers transform into unique beings that cross the gender boundaries into female dominated dimension. Starting with the womb, continuing with life and ending with a transcendence by uniting with earth.

Choreographer: Israel Aloni
Cast: Laerke Appelon & Lukasz Pzytarsky
Original cast: Learke Appelon & Joszef Forro
Soundtrack: Didi Erez
Costumes design: Linnea Bågander
Light design: Ben Cowens
Previews: Härnösand, Borås, Gothenburg, Stockholm.
Premiere: October 1st 2014 Aberystwyth, Wales.
Additional performances: Cardiff, Tel Aviv, Yerevan, Karlstad, Copenhagen, Sorgenfri, Bornholm, Örebro, Malmö.