THE DAFI Dance Group.
(photo credit: NINI MOSHE)
In-Dependent is the fruitful result of collaboration between choreographer Dafi Eltabeb and artist Nini Moshe. The work’s original soundtrack was created by Belgian musician Niko Hafkenscheid. The result, a mesmerizing, deceivingly simple work with a touch of artistic naiveté is performed by three seasoned dancers: Olivia Court-Mesa, Alon Karniel and Yochai Ginton.
From the first moment, the three performers, each with a distinct personality and varied artistic background, clicked as an ensemble. Perhaps it was the easygoing way in which they maintained eye contact and didn’t hold back smiles – a rarity on our dance stages – which established the comradeship and trust they would need for the physical risks they took later.
Dressed in pedestrian clothing, using their bodies functionally, efficiently, with no frills, focusing their attention on the intense and intricate emotional interplay, alliances among the dancers formed and disintegrated in a split second, only to pop up again in a different form, with a different energy and in a different context.
Most of the time the dancers maintained physical contact as they wove their way through fluid, complex compositions, always keeping an eye on both other partners.
It was a pleasure to see the group staying so intensely involved and sensitive to each other’s moods, breathing together, taking energy from each other and giving back even more. The dance is a testament to the maturity of Eltabeb’s choreographic skill.