‘Haunted by the Future’ 370.
(photo credit: Tomer Applebaum)
Jerusalem-based Machol Shalem promotes independent dance in Jerusalem and
produces a modest festival of its own. Now it showcased at Suzanne Dellal three
duets, including Haunted by the Future, created in Jerusalem by international
choreographer Nigel Charnock, who passed away earlier this month. The
evening is dedicated to him.
The first of three duets, Force Majeure,
created by Ofra Idel, totally convinced that the stormy relation with her
partner Danielle Shoufra is based on true emotional recollections. Idel,
however, remained within the obvious boundaries of hate-love, and equal parts of
attraction and retraction relations. Adding a plastic bucket with a white lilies
didn’t conjure surreal subtext or salvage the choreographic sketch.
Rossano’s Off Line
duet managed to do rather well with basic, mundane
contemporary lexicon and technique, produced a charming, cohesive piece with a
voice of its own that pulled in its wake a flimsy tail of Israeli staged folk
dance innuendoes, which worked in its favor.
The rhythmic choices were
refreshing; right foot right, left foot right, left foot left, right foot left,
on the beat over and over again at various speeds, interlacing between
fragments, tying together fractures, a true case of limitations that liberate
imagination, enabling it to come up with many variations on a theme.
people that packed the Suzanne Dellal hall came to see our illustrious dancer
Talia Paz and British dancer Michael Winter, both well-seasoned performers,
expected to bring on stage maturity and stability. Well, never in Nigel
Charnock’s school. His duet Haunted by the Future
, like many pieces he
choreographed around the world, is wild, noisy, hilarious and rude.
found his own genre of dance striving to redefine its extremities and boils over
with excessive energies, bordering on hysterics. Many go bananas for him; love
his wit and bursting energies. Both dancers did, or so it seemed. It was a
pleasure watching them go through the Charnock psycho-grinder and come out