Dance Review: Under the Rug

All three sections of the evening belong stylistically to the Dance Theater genre.

By ORA BRAFMAN
February 14, 2010 22:48
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Dafi Eltabeb
Home Made
Inbal theater hall
February 13

At the recent Curtain Up festival, Dafi Eltabeb presented Under the Rug, a piece that left an unsettling residue. This time she also opened her evening with same work, danced by Miriam Angel, Shelly Lautman, Dafna Miro and Merav Dagan, a strong, powerful female cast.

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All three sections of the evening belong stylistically to the Dance Theater genre, using props to create short cuts to the thematic subject matter which guides the works and underlines them.

The piece itself supplied a hidden insight into relations and fantasies that metaphorically are swept under the rug too often, particularly as they pertain to less orthodox sexual practices, power games and manipulations. All four dancers are strong and contribute their assured personality in a convincing and well detailed manner.

As the piece progressed, the dancers’ ensemble work got stronger, more fluent and dynamic, supplying quite a few interesting images and moves.

The second piece was by dancer Roi Yitzhak Halevi. Why he called it Hertzel is anyone’s guess. The capable ex-Batsheva dancer wanted to say something meaningful about complex sexuality in a blunt manner, but regretfully he is clueless as to the basic tools of the choreographic craft – beginning with awareness of space. Halevi did touch on some sensitive issues of gender confusion and erotic deviation up to pedophilic urges, yet his actual dealings with those sensitive materials lacked any sublimation or other detached processes. Someone needs professional help, perhaps not only in the art department.

The third and last piece by Eltabeb was full of humor, and was rendered with flare by Dafna Miro, Oren Tishler and Adi Peled. But it was short and a bit thin, which made it look like a preliminary sketch that didn’t go very far.

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