dance review 88.
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Inbal theater hall
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.
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.
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.