Fantasy for adults

Philippe Genty, whose sophistication and sense of the absurd are unparalleled in the world of dance, is back in Israel this week.

By SALLY-ANNE FRIEDLAND
October 19, 2006 15:05
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Living dance theater legend Philippe Genty is back in Israel this week, which is always cause for celebration. For this, his seventh visit, the company brings Genty's latest work, Land's End, which has already been performed in France, Europe, Japan, Russia, Korea and China. Genty's sophistication and sense of the absurd are unparalleled in the world of dance. His works combine dance with theater, puppetry and objects, bringing forth a spectacle of fantasy, imagination and taste that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Seeing Land's End is like having a theatrical enrichment course and performance all in one. Genty takes huge stage-sized plastic bags and transforms them into gigantic jelly fish with dancers inside. Or they could be floating embryos in space, lit by the reflection of the stars. You don't know exactly. With your mind so involved and captured, you would believe anything. There are insects with human faces, while human-like puppets are taken apart limb by limb; when their faces are taken off and placed on dancers, one can't tell the puppets from the dancers. A huge male and a huge female puppet have a sexual encounter. In the onslaught the woman loses her legs, which are replaced by a pair of enormous scissors, with which she then cuts off the man's genitals and sends them flying. This is not a children's show - definitely adults only. One of the scenes in Land's End is inspired by a recurring dream of Genty's granddaughter, in which she sees swarms of insects crawling along her bed. In the performance this becomes a scene of great beauty and sensitivity: a moth with a human head, manipulated by actor/dancers, entraps a young girl as its legs envelop her in his web. They both fade away out of sight while the light dims as if swallowed up by a new dimension. Genty is a magician, constantly keeping the audience guessing as to how things work on stage. Lands End is hosted by Dance at the Mishkan, and runs at the Tel APAC on October 24 through 28, and at the Jerusalem Theater on October 31 and November 1. Call ticket agencies or the venues themselves. (03) 692-7777 in Tel Aviv and (02) 560-5755 in Jerusalem.

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