Dance Review: Shades of Dance

Suzanne Dellal, August 29.

Merav Dagan's I See them Approach 370 (photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
Merav Dagan's I See them Approach 370
(photo credit: Gadi Dagon)
Shades of Dance competition, founded in 1984, celebrated its 2013 edition. Six young choreographers were chosen to present their work over two programs, under artistic direction of Idit Herman who fortunately did most of the weeding prior to the presentations.
The work that impressed most with its maturity, carefully chosen accompanying texts, well layered issues and solid structure was Heavy Weight Fragments of Separation by Smadar Goshen. Inspired by Yoel Hoffmann’s book Moods, Goshen framed the theatrical piece with witty, somewhat sarcastic texts, pertaining to heartbreaks at emotional crossroads from childhood to death.
Her vital, humorous outlook on life was enriched by free spirited moves. A lot of unexpected attention and information was woven into the textural set and outfits, enhancing its esthetics.
Adi Paz’s creation The Pollyannas, was perhaps the most complete and polished piece, danced to perfection by five female dancers, each portraying a female stereotype.
It had the right pace, right moves and the right groove. Dressed to kill in black and white, the fast paced piece showed terrific sense of space, imagination and flair.
Adi Paz managed to handle all stage elements with the same degree of attention as she invested in the physical manifestations.
The third piece which drew a lot of attention was by the talented Merav Dagan: I See Them Approach. She took the heavy task of dealing with the extremely sensitive issues of death rituals, in particular, of soldiers killed in action. Stirring personal and national points of view, Dagan, crossed lines between sexuality, fantasy and bare pains.
Fortunately, lack of focus and careful editing, didn’t blur her bright potential.
The other three works by male choreographers didn’t do so well, mostly for lack of clarity and specific direction. Good intentions and valuable themes were just not enough.