Gal Naor hasn’t sounded his voice on stage for 12 years now. He last used his voice before audiences in a show staged at the high school of arts he attended. In the many productions he has collaborated with since — as dancer/choreographer and actor/director — he lipsynched to the voices of others and used Sign Language.
»I was 18 the last time I spoke on stage and now, at 30, it’s time to go back to my own voice again,« he says during our conversation about his show Lights & Vessels set to debut at the ID Festival.
This statement, »back to my own voice«, certainly carries a metaphorical import as well, first because for the first time, Naor — stage name The Progressive Wave, a literal translation of his Hebrew name — overcomes his fear and puts on a solo piece; and secondly, because his voice, in this case, stands not only for mere sound (he is going to lipsynch to himself), but also for the show’s contents: for roughly an hour, Naor delivers a sort of personal, unique introductory talk on the Jewish science of the occult, the Kabbalah.