Dance review: Null

Combines secular physical virility and contained sensuality with a spiritual layer of ritualistic mystery in a contemporary context.

July 27, 2011 21:43
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Null311. (photo credit: Gadi Dagon)


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Noa Wertheim, the artistic director of the Jerusalem dance group Vertigo, has done it again, premiering Null, an enormously pleasing dance revue with high aesthetic values, coherent artistic style and a tight, cohesive product.

Wertheim’s long and close collaboration with a team of artists – particularly with brilliant musician Ran Begano, who once more devised original score which lays fundamental framework, and lighting designer Danny Fishof – definitely paid off. Each of her recent productions carries a unique trade mark of refined, clean and elegant visuals, emblematic of Rakefet Levi who designed the exceptionally beautiful set and a full line of clothing for the nine dancers.

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The stage is surrounded by semi-transparent white walls with three white kitchen sinks – complete with running water – against the left side.

The male dancers are dressed in black, some wearing long, layered tulle skirts, while female dancers wear cotton batiste outfits, which stand out against the illuminated backdrop. Vertigo’s dancers displayed the best of their abilities, often relying on innovative unison formations.

The serenity of the compositions along with the intensity of the frequent slower movement sections, conjures ritualistic images and theatrical subtexts, consistent with several of Wertheim’s previous works.

It seems that the choreographer has managed to decipher the code for works of great beauty, combining secular physical virility and contained sensuality with a spiritual layer of ritualistic mystery in a contemporary context.

Macholohet, Suzanne Dellal, July 23

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