The Karavan Ensemble group was formed by Yael Karavan in 2009 they have since created four shows; A Ship of Fools, A Light through the Night, Dressing Room and Anima. The latter won the local Argus' Angel award , and was described as a "strikingly original production" by Total Theatre magazine.

Their wesbite states: "We are a group of eight international performers/artists of multiple nationalities and disciplines, searching for new approaches and perspectives through our collaborative work. Our work aims to transform the mundane into a playful and poetically visual experience, using the simplest means and taking the audience through a cross disciplinary, genuinely original, live journey. We seek to share a totally immersive experience."

Yael herself started acting at 13, appearing in the National Theatre, television and films in Israel, later living and performing in Florence, Paris and London. She has also worked in Brazil, Japan and across Europe, with her work often described as "visual poetry". She draws on elements of Butoh, dance, mime, clown and physical theatre, and most of these were present in today's performance.

Their latest show for this year's Brighton Fringe was entitled 'The small museum of displaced sea', and was centred around a replica Victorian bathing machine (one of six made for the Fringe), in collaboration with The Nightingale Theatre, The Malborough Theatre, the Older People Dance project - Dance in the Years, and the Saint Richards Evergreens older people club.

The show attracted quite an audience, who were slightly bewildered at first, and then drawn into the scene as the performance progressed. It was a multi-layered production, taking several weeks to plan and rehearse, and proved one of the more popular open air events in the Brighton Fringe Festival.

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VIDEO (c) 2012 Andrew Collins / Eighth Tower Productions

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