Israeli dancer/choreographer Ilan Azriel created a dance extravaganza inspired by a trip to the hardware store. The show is now touring the world.

It all started in a hardware store. Israeli dancer and choreographer Ilan Azriel was doing a one-man show with life-size puppets and masks. Then one day, on a trip to the local hardware store, he opened a box and some small aluminum tubing fell to the floor.

Aluminum dance performance

Ilan Azriel took some aluminum tubing, some dancers, and turned them into an imaginative show.

He pushed his hand through the tube and was captivated by its sinuous movement. Imagining giant-sized tubes worn by dancers, combined with lights and music, he envisioned a 20-minute segment. It was in that aisle that the dance performance Aluminum was born.

Two years later he had created a full-length show for six dancers, combining movement and visual theater, which has been performed around the world, including a recent four-month tour in the US.