Have you ever heard someone claim to be capable of unihemispheric slow-wave sleep? It would sound like this: “I sleep with one eye open.” However absurd it may sound, for various evolutionary reasons many species in fact sleep with half of their brain while the other half remains alert. This fact, particularly in regard to whales, struck a chord deep within dancer and choreographer Oded Ronen.
“I am fascinated by, maybe obsessed with, the duality of fantasy and responsibility,” says Ronen. His crystal- blue eyes blaze as he speaks of this phenomenon. “Not just in dance but in life. When I am flying, dancing, it’s because I’ve been responsible with the physics of my body and the space. There is great ecstasy in that feeling.”