Dance Review: Yoram Karmi
The three-headed hound Cerberus in Greek mythology tickled the imagination and inspired choreographer Yoram Karmi.
Cerberus Photo: Thinkstock
The three-headed hound Cerberus that guards the entrance to the underworld in
Greek mythology tickled the imagination and inspired choreographer Yoram
Through misty lights on the stage rides a dancer, almost bare,
wearing a metal wire head mask – a representation of the mythical beast – and
tosses several human bodies off his raft, on the imaginary banks of the Styx
river. The opening scene is striking and most intriguing, using stylized
movement with high aesthetic value to depict characters and images referred to
the ancient texts.
The raft is actually a small square stage on wheels
which moves and turns softly and offers multidimensional views of the
compositions. One, with strong impact, depicts the three-headed hound,
danced by two males and a female who wear the filigree-like headgear, and
perform an evolving, tightly knit trio, reminding that Cerberus could see
concurrently 360 degrees all around him.
Karmi, celebrating the 10th
anniversary of his company Fresco, became a proficient choreographer with
obvious talent for harmonious compositions and strong spatial structures. His
dance is close in spirit to modern dance, valuing precision, controlled body
work and somewhat old-fashioned body perception and dance criteria. In that
sense, he occupies a niche of his own, well on the safe side. In the past he
often set his works to well-chosen classical music. Now he relied successfully
on an original score by Alberto Schwartz alongside Dixit Dominus by Handel,
which added a finer grain of sublimation.
Fresco has always maintained
good performance value, as it did here, with a group of 11 dancers. Among them,
Joel Bray and Brittain Jackson boast a particularly eye-catching presence.