Batsheva Company 370.
(photo credit: Gadi Dagon )
If there was an odometer for career success, Sharon Eyal’s would be blasting far
beyond the speed limit. Having just unveiled a new work for the Batsheva
Company, and preparing to tour internationally with her Washington-based dance
troupe, Company E, Eyal is more prominent on the dance scene than
Eyal has been the house choreographer for Batsheva for several
years, however, in the past few months, her name has become almost ubiquitous in
the international dance community.
It seems that everyone wants a little
bit of the magic that Eyal, and her partner Gai Behar, leave in their
Thursday night the Batsheva Ensemble premiered yet another new work
by Eyal and Behar. The evening consisted of “Lost Cause,” by the dynamic duo,
and “Tabula Rasa,” by Ohad Naharin.
With each new piece, Eyal and Behar
further define their choreographic style. Their most recent Israeli premier,
“House,” flaunted the phenomenal dancers of the Batsheva Company in nude
unitards. Eyal entranced the audience in short interludes between group
sections. The piece was deliciously naughty, and fiercely
“Lost Cause” is a collaboration with DJ and musician Ori
Lichtik, who has worked with Eyal and Behar on many previous pieces. In fact, it
is Lichtik’s droning electronic music that sets the atmosphere in most of Eyal’s
work, creating a nightclub-type environment in the theater.
important element in all of Eyal and Behar’s works is the lighting design. Once
again, the two have teamed up with designer Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi) for “Lost
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For Naharin, Friday evening marks the return of an “oldie, but a
The last time “Tabula Rasa” was staged was almost a decade ago.
The piece premiered in 1986, originally created for the Pittsburgh Ballet. This
was years before Naharin’s momentous return to Israel, and before his
appointment as the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company.
then, Naharin has gone on to create a long list of works for Batsheva, as well
as for companies around the world. Indeed, “Tabula Rasa” has been incorporated
into the repertoires of several companies and is hailed as one of Naharin’s
Danced by a cast of 10, “Tabula Rasa” presents a picture
of sparse elegance.
Music by Arvo Part transports the audience to a
far-away place, filled with nostalgia and longing.
The young and
enthusiastic dancers of the Ensemble will undoubtedly do a great deal of justice
to this old favorite.The Ensemble’s new evening will run at the Suzanne
Dellal Center on March 30, 31, April 8, 9, 20, 21 and 23. For tickets or more
information, visit www.batsheva.co.il.
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