Veteran dancers/choreographers build their reputation for steady and solid partnering over years. This is reflected in the The Third Dance, an interpretation of an earlier duet created some 30 years ago by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal.Niv Sheinfeld, a former dancer with Dror and Ben Gal’s company, took a bold step by choosing to rework the canonic duet Two-Room Apartment, created in the late 1980s by Dror and Ben Gal. The rendition became a huge hit and revived an interest in their artistic path.Following that success, they now offer a remake of The Third Dance (1990), another creation by Dror and Ben Gal. Sheinfeld-Laor’s current rendition turned out to be an impressive, valid and very beautiful work, totally their own, that incorporates components from their life as a gay couple. Concurrently, they rely and deploy the basic structural grid of the original work, in a way similar to that which previously worked so well with their Two-Room Apartment.Sheinfeld-Laor mesh contemporary dance, physical theater and performance elements, resulting in a particular, recognizable movement lexicon that expanded over time and has reached clarity, complexity and fluency like never before. In fact, Sheinfeld seemed to be in good shape with more daring versatility.Captivating energy oozed from the start. Both dancers, although performing a long sequence of unison moves, conveyed an individualistic air, partially since they have different physiques and also due to their different training background. It gave their corporeal presence intriguing credibility. The work adopted romantic clichés and challenge them later by shifting contexts. In a particularly memorable scene, they embrace tightly and danced slow. The next time they repeated this sequence, they were fully naked. Such a similar action, yet such a different statement. A huge bouquet of flowers was introduced as a token of love. Yet later, frustrated, they smashed the flowers and threw the petals around. The littered floor became a stunning carpet. A site of destruction turned into a sight of inspiring beauty.With a high degree of intimacy, the dancers were totally aware of each other even when their backs were turned. Offering compassion and care while facing the cost of fleeting years, were few of the fragile themes that seemed to strengthen their collaboration on and off stage. Facing the issues came through in a most heartwarming and touching way.The Third Dance is clever and graceful work with deep insights – clearly a labor of love and beyond.