L-E-V / Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar (IL)

A photo from the production „OCD LOVE"
Photo © Regina Brocke


“[…] The dancer’s fast metronome-like movements, to slowly swelling sounds, suggest life following a rhythm that is imposed from without, generating a panicked conflict with our threateningly suppressed sense of self. […] Her body’s distortions, relentlessly pulsating in time, are like cries for help, and reminiscent of the prophetically pointing fingers of altarpiece figures as well as the dainty port de bras of classical ballet. […] Stretching out their arms toward their partner, their bodies shudder even before they touch. […] In this way, the everyday movements behind encounter, affection and connection are combined with a trance-like, repetitive rhythm that transfixes, like in a techno club. […]”, 14 September 2016

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Inspired by a text entitled “OCD” by poetry slammer Neil Hilborn, star Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal has again dedicated a piece to an issue close to her heart. This latest production, co-created with her life partner Gai Behar, is about narrowly missed opportunities. Stumbling at obstacles they lay in their own paths, the protagonists could be healed by love, but life gets in the way. The six highly accomplished male and female dancers of the company embody both desire and despair, obsession and affection. Hearts that beat together in love fall out of synch; bodies are driven across the stage by the pulsating rhythms provided by techno DJ Ori Lichtik. An emotionally intense atmosphere is created that keeps the audience in suspense until the very last beat. This is the third year in succession that the acclaimed ensemble “L-E-V” (Hebrew for heart) is welcoming the festival audience into its dance universe of dazzling performances between the catwalk and the rave

(approx.55 min.)

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cast & credits

Choreographer: Sharon Eyal
Co Creator: Gai Behar
Live Music: Ori Lichtik
Performers: Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran, Leo Lerus, Daren Devaney, Mariko Kakizaki, Keren Lurie Pardes
Lighting Design: Thierry Dreyfus
Costumes Design: Odelia Arnold in collaboration with Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar

Production: L-E-V
Co-production: Colours - International Dance Festival; Stuttgart
/ Sadler’s Wells, London/ Carolina Performing Arts - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/ Julidans, Amsterdam/ Montpellier Danse

The production of OCD LOVE was developed through a Performing Arts Residency at The Banff Centre, Canada

Sharon Eyal is member of the Israeli Choreographers Association.

With the support from the Israeli Embassy.


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