Nina Traub: Learning from movements

The artist Nina Traub. Photo by Lukas Zerbst. The artist Nina Traub. Photo by Lukas Zerbst.

This interview was written one year ago, you could see it as a kind of time capsule.

About Nina Traub:
Nina Traub, born 1992, choreographer, dancer and a multidisciplinary artist. Lives in Tel Aviv.
Interested in the research of movement through temperature, music, angles and landscape. Examines the body from a sculptural and plastic point of view, working with various materials, colors and textures and creating herself the visual environment of her works. Her stage works string along with drawing, through them she tries to understand and precise her choices, deepen her research. Graduate of the School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem. Trained from an early age in various professional dance establishments.

Where are you right now?
In my living room in lockdown Tel Aviv.

Could you tell us about your work? And what are you working on right now?
I work with words, colors and movements in nature that I try to learn from. Maybe thinking or feeling that they contain within them most of the information – physical and emotional. They are strong and eternal and I think that is what interests me. I guess I am trying to create on stage an emotional move that contains eternity, that is specific and larger than life. 
At the moment I am working on a new stage piece and I am also working on a group exhibition in Tel Aviv.

What drives you to do what you do? 
Each of my works is always a progression of the previous one, always an attempt to reveal some more or conceal something else. The intent is to move forward in small steps, to create one more option, to acknowledge what I do but to appreciate that one change harbors much information.  

What kind of atmosphere do you like when you work? Why?
I like it when there is music in the studio and when there are windows and light. And I like to work with people that I love, that are my friends. When we work in the studio it is clear to us what we are talking about, we use the same language so it makes it simple to go into details to get inside in a simple way. 

When you feel stuck, how do you get un-stuck?
I keep on doing what I do. I repeat again and again until something new comes. I come to the studio and I stay, I keep on going.

What are your favorite items in your studio? Why?
My studio is empty most of the time- in the beginning of a process.. I have only a few things- my notebook, my colors, my computer, my water or tea, sometimes books with poems.

What are you curious about? What would you like to explore further?
I am curious about trees, about mountains about winds and temperature changes. At the moment I am also curious about fainting. 

What makes an artwork “good” in your opinion? Why?
When it touches me

Which artwork, exhibition or piece of media inspired you recently?
I just finished reading “The man who sleeps” by Georges Perec- There is a moment that he describes a tree beautifully, as well as many other things. Heard a beautiful song by Mort Garson- “Didn’t you hear?”. The poet Zelda. A small red poem book by Natan Zach. The music of Mount Eerie, Moondog, Brian Eno, Bonnie Prince Billy, Zoe Polanski and more.

Where are you based and what do you like about the local art scene?
I am based in Tel Aviv- I like that it is small, it makes it rare and intimate and it is warm. Through art I met in Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem, a lot of interesting people, artists and great friends.

Which artists, curators or other art world people do you recommend for the readers to check out? 
Ruti de Vries, Anat Bosak, Clémence Turpin, Judith Neunhäuserer.


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