dance review 88.
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The latest creation by Rami Be'er, artistic director of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, is one more link in a chain of spectacular works that dazzle the eye with powerful dance. It takes place on an attractive, versatile set and enjoys a world-class lighting design created by Be'er himself.
He relies here, as always, on a musical collage prepared by Alex Claude and imaginative costumes by Maor Tzabar.
The ensemble is stronger than ever with a cast led by Renana Randy, Ilana Bellahsen, Moriel Debi, Sara Wilhelmsson and Daniel Ohn; they haul the others into a wealth of dynamic waves that incessantly flood the stage.
Repeating basic schematic structures, the first scene focuses on a slow-moving individual dancer - a part often given to Randy, who stands out with her graceful, feline moves - then Be'er blasts the stage with strong illumination, top-volume rhythmic music and fully charged group dancing that pumps adrenaline on and off stage.
As for props in 60HZ, Be'er used sculptured, coated Rattan beach chairs. A line of dancers interact with the sheer architectural form of the reclining chairs, each in its own pool of light. It is a striking, beautiful double image, the kind that retains its impact on long-term memory.
In between, solos and duets were interlaced for more intimate moments and for sheer comic relief.
Once in a while, Be'er takes the time to challenge dance by contributing political works of greater importance. Maybe spectacular shows are more fun to do. As a master of his craft, Be'er has given us one more populist show that caters to the masses.