Danice review

KCDC in Haifa.

April 1, 2010 03:44
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Danice review

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Haifa, March 24

After years of performing full-evening works by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) artistic director Rami Be’er, the company is taking a breather with two short pieces by guest choreographers based in Holland – Itzik Galili and his colleague Krisztina De Chatel.

Both creations offer rather abstract interpretations of inner landscapes and share a similar approach to contemporary dance, yet each finds its own ways to convey unique tempers and sensibilities.

Set to the evocative music by Henryk Gorecki, Galili’s Until.with/Out.Enough, which is composed for seven dancers, managed to portray the various moods between somber sobriety and sensuality, between flowing lines and assertive, highly energetic moves. At times, Galili’s composition contains formal structures such as circles and parading lines of ritualistic nature, which he soon wrecks to release individualistic urges.

The dance overflows with energy that is quite physically demanding, but the KCDC dancers stood up to the challenges, particularly the three male dancers. However, two of the more poetic moments were delivered by the girls; the instant in which the most petite had lifted her partner, who is double her size, and the scene where a dancer – holding a white balloon – stepped forward and backward on a path speckled with small pools of light.

Pulse, by De Chatel, is a tightly constructed piece of great beauty. The group of six dancers who performed it were dressed in skin colored tops, black flapping pants and caps, a look which blurred gender differences. The unified appearance well-matched the flowing, synced moves of the collective group. They stirred like a school of fish, who change direction abruptly as soon as they detect the slightest changes in their territory. One could feel their matched breathing and impulses, their unified, sleek, perfectly harmonized physicality. De Chatel explores the breathing space of the private domain within the collective, as well as the confines of freedom, all in a subtle and sensitive way.

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