How hard can it be? is a dance commentary on people’s statements about Jerusalem, collected with a hand held video Camera.
**THIS PERFORMANCE IS PART OF DANSIT’S AND
AVANT GARDEN’S JOINT CELEBRATION OF
THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY
In the film, Yaniv Cohen asks the inhabitants of Jerusalem why the city is important to them. How hard can it be? provocatively breaks down the importance of the topic by reading through the grotesque of spaghetti westerns aesthetics, with a fundamental belief that humour can tear down walls and expose the human and the absurdity in traumatic events.
In Cohen’s work, grotesque goes hand in hand with Western aesthetics and a firm conviction that humor can tear down walls and reveal the human side of traumatic events. As an Israeli, Cohen is intimately familiar with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but as an outside observer living in Norway, he can afford to engage in criticism, a bit of romanticism and definitely cynicism as well.
How Hard Can it Be? is a skeptical confession of love for a city where we place our personal convictions above all others. It confronts the city’s reality with biting religious criticism, while promoting the most tolerant and multicultural approach possible, one that might finally accept “the others”.