The connection between choreographers Zvika Hisakias, a former Batsheva Ensemble
dancer of Ethiopian descent, and Shiri Kapueno, worked extremely well. Both are
able, very expressive and passionate dancers.
This evening they showcased
their choreographic credo through dance and music, accompanied by texts and
video art, about the quest for freedom on the socio-political as well as
personal creativity levels.
Their lexicon is highly influenced by African
rhythms and dance, with strong accents on torso and pelvic swaying and touches
of sensuous Oriental dance in a contemporary context.
Original music by
creative partner Amit Khai Cohen, who also did the video sections, helped to put
all the parts together and supply a supportive frame for the structure as well
as the fusion style.
Trained at the dance academy, Hisakias is probably
the only Ethiopian-Israeli male dancer whose references are within contemporary
dance rather than ethnic or folk dance.
Both Hisikias and Kapueno have
strong presence on stage and work most beautifully together, particularly in
both duets. Even though Hisakias is a bit rusty, his presence is both sensitive
and strong, while Kapueno moves in an impressive manner, with total control and
a vocabulary full of nuances and subtle moods.
For some reason, they
added two more female dancers for the last scene, which wasn’t really necessary
and seemed like an afterthought, or at least like it needed a lot more work. It
slightly over-stretched an otherwise a very interesting evening.