L-E-V / Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar (IL)
“[…] [T]he Tanztheater International festival couldn’t have had a better opening in the Orangerie than with ‘House’. This production by the L-E-V troupe combines the powerful physicality characteristic of Israeli dance with elements of street dance, martial arts and classical ballet. The precision this demands from - and is demonstrated by - the dancers is applaudable in every respect. From time to time they turn in the kind of dead-on stop motion to rival robots or CAD machines. […]”
Neue Presse, 6 September 2014
The dancers of Sharon Eyal’s and Gai Behar’s newly founded dance company “L-E-V”, which means “heart” in Hebrew, move like fascinating beings from another world. Amid the futuristic lighting design, the seven fantastic-looking dancers, including Eyal herself, appear imbued with an invisible force. Their seemingly boundless movement vocabulary, danced with mathematical precision, displays an unfamiliar beauty. Together, Eyal, long-standing dancer and choreographer for the world famous Batsheva Dance Company, and her rave-experienced co-choreographer Gai Behar have created a unique dance technique which interacts with the sound of infectious beats and holds the spectator’s gaze to the very last minute. Wrapped in body-hugging unisex costumes by Ma’ayan Goldman, the male and female dancers of the ensemble seem ethereal and distant one minute and exude an irresistible, sensual attraction the next.
(Approx. 55 Min.)
cast & credits
Choreography: Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar
Dance: Gon Biran, Sharon Eyal, Rebecca Hytting, Leo Lerus, Douglas Letheren, Keren Lurie Pardes, Dominic Santia
Music: Ori Lichtik
Lighting: Avi Yona Bueno
Fashion: Ma’Ayan Goldman
A shorter version of “House” was originally commissioned by the Batsheva Dance Company.
Sharon Eyal is a member of the Israeli Choreographers Association.
With the support from the Israeli Embassy.