‘I don’t want to see the choreography, I want to see the magic.’
Sharon Eyal is one of the most sought-after choreographers choreographers working today. She began her dance career at the legendary Batsheva Dance Company, where she also served for several years as artistic assistant to the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. In 2013 she co-founded the Tel Aviv-based L–E–V Dance Company together with Gai Behar, who was previously active as a party producer in the Tel Aviv nightlife scene and as a curator of multimedia art events. Since then, the duo have created over 200 productions that have regularly toured around the world and garnered rave reviews. Their explorations into dance have focussed on the intersection of movement, music and space. In connecting classical dance with underground club culture, they have developed a unique and characteristic style that continually pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance.
‘Performed by the dancers in close proximity but without any contact’, writes the dance expert Klaus Dilger, ‘the wonderfully expansive and flowing arm movements are now firmly established as one of their trademarks, as is the incredibly compact group choreography from which individuals burst forth’, before crystallizing into fascinating tableaux vivants. Elsewhere, their performances have been described as ‘group-dynamic power plays’ that lay bare ‘enormous physical and emotional violence from the inner core of being’. The ensemble is known for its ‘breathtaking moves’ and its ‘intoxicating music’ that typically mixes different styles and songs. With the lighting designer Alon Cohen and the Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri as long-standing partners, light and costumes are magnificently synthesized into the all-embracing Gesamtkunstwerk. The ensemble’s newest work is titled Into the Hairy and has been conceived in collaboration with Londonbased artist, producer and composer Koreless.