(photo credit: Amir Weinberg)
Idan Cohen is without doubt one of the more talented dance makers among the
younger independent choreographers.
He’s got the touch, the sensitive ear
for music and body rhythms, and has a knack for getting the most out of his
dancers by skillful coaching. So there were plenty of reasons to come and watch
again two of his earlier pieces: The Year of the Fish and My Sweet Fur which won
international competitions in 2007.
Dancer Sharon Vazana was invited by
Cohen to premier her solo One for Tango
. Strangely enough, the title
subconsciously, close affinity to the title of the world- renowned Solo
by Mats Ek of Cullberg Ballet, where Vazana had danced for several
This summer, we have seen quite a few choreographers hosting their
colleagues, thus extending a hand to a friend while making it easier to
an evening’s program. Unfortunately Vazana who is a very capable dancer,
quite rise to the challenge.
Her ambitious solo, set to original music by
Nadav Barnea, lacked a focal point, resolved intent or direction, and
was trying to pursue too many leads in the dark, she followed none
Watching The Year of the Fish
with the new cast: Reut
Levi, Danielle Gal and Sharon Vazana, was a sheer joy. The work, filled
details and nuances – starting from the way they breath simultaneously,
perfect phrasing and the way dancers use their energy – endows the dance
extra layering, that much sought after complexity.
Cohen never failed to
surprise with his original movement’s vocabulary and his signature touch
trio had led him later to devise the challenging rendition of Swan Lake
His next full evening piece is being choreographed for Maria Kong
troupe to be premiered in October, so there is much to look forward to.