(photo credit: AHRALE HATSAMTSAM)
A recent performance of Liquidation Sale by choreographer Eyal Dadon was particularly surprising in light of the fact that the company had no prior exposure.
Dadon, a dancer affiliated with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, got noticed as a choreographer last year with Croissant on the Grill, devised with his colleague Martin Harriague as a project under KCDC.
Marked as a promising talent, he is now the founder of a new dance group, Soul, supported by the Beersheba municipality.
Right now, after the group’s first exposure, one can safely say that Soul should be reckoned an important dance ensemble of six very capable and impressive dancers, led by a highly talented creator, who deserve all the support possible so this new entity can reach its rightful place.
Dadon – and we have seen it in the past – has a unique way of weaving his sophisticated and highly detailed dance sequences with occasional subtle humor, bordering on the wild side, without shoving it crudely in your face.
Dadon, who also danced in the piece, is responsible for the musical choices, some of which are his own creations. The character of the soundtrack and its moods echo the dynamic, fragmented structure of the work, which enables the performers to easily slide between serene movement and very physically demanding passages and into the wilder, more absurd theatrical manifestations without losing artistic direction and Dadon’s unique phrasings.
Dadon’s original perceptions brought together some memorable images, among them a repetitious recitation of items offered at a liquidation sale, or onstage use of a microwave in the first scene, which provided warm popcorn for the audience later on.
In the end, the core of the dance was gradually layered by those offcourse, seemingly anecdotal or capricious expressions, which helped to solidify this wonderfully cohesive gem of a show.