dance theater 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Sahar Azimi – UTF8,UTF8
( Unified Transformation Format) is Sahar Azimi’s most ambitious work yet,
and his collaboration with musician Didi Erez and lighting designer Danny Fishof
of Magenta, has supported and added extra dimensions.
impression, even before the first move, was a striking image; Eight dancers
stood in line against the back wall covered top to bottom with dozens of light
The stage, fully exposed, was covered with a shiny black
linoleum like a pool of black water, surrounded by a frame of white zone, which
indicated the off-stage area, for all purposes.
When the group moved in
unison to Elvis Presley song – ‘Let me be your Teddy Bear’– they uncovered the
basic structural skeleton of the sub-sections.
It seemed that almost all
of the fragments contained group sections, often quite demanding, dotted with
intricate, original solos or duets as highlights. Yet, all unison sections
contained a subversive element, an individual spirit that needed to break out,
to breathe outside the box, before it could regroup.
spirit of individuality is evident as well in choosing dancers for that ad - hoc
troop. I don’t remember seeing such an oddity of dancers, truly a case of
mixand- match, without the matching.
The work was meticulously detailed,
dancers knew what they were doing each second, the audience couldn’t detect
systematic codes and in reality, it didn’t make a difference since the chance/
risk factor remained in theory.
The work itself was interesting with fine
kinesthetic encounters, healthy sense of absurdity and good humor, which left a
very pleasant aftertaste.