(photo credit: Lilach Livneh)
The current edition of Shades of Dance, headed by Idit Herman – artistic
director of the performance company Klipa – has ended and the undecided jury
chose to split the NIS 25,000 prize between Yoni Sutchi and Lee Meir.
aspiring, mostly young choreographers did their best over the course of five
separate and long programs, a tedious race both for the participants and
No surprise that most pieces were highly theatrical
due to Herman’s artistic inclination, but only a few managed to convey true
originality and artistic clarity.
Three works stood out, each in its
unique, clever way; 42 Inch by Sharon Weiswasser, Translation in the Text by Lee
Meir and Larisa by Lilach Livneh, not necessarily named in qualitative
42 inch, a duet perfectly executed by Sharon and Orian Yohanan,
was perhaps the most surprising, clearly mature and cohesive dance, accompanied
by simple, modest animation that was very effective. Sharon created a tight
little gem of a closelyknit alternate universe, relying greatly on shifting
center of gravity, procuring images of fowl gaits before takeoff. Stylistically,
it could’ve been made 35 years ago, yet it was perceived as a timeless
Lee Meir’s piece was an upto- date, mesmerizing performance work.
It was a vehicle for a funny, touching and real smart performance in a sleek
urban way, without having to move an inch.
The one who moved a lot was
the lead character in Larisa.
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Livneh offered the most layered and loaded
piece, with the most enigmatic undercurrents of any in the competition. She
dealt candidly and boldly with several existential issues; self-identity, memory
and death, preservation of emotional residues, even gender issues, using
fragmented structure and video, which helped to detail the multi-faceted
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