Dance Review: 'White Noise'

Noa Wertheim has created perhaps her best, most interrelated and well textured work yet.

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Vertigo Dance Company White Noise Suzanne Dellal April 3 In "White Noise," Noa Wertheim, artistic director of Jerusalem based Vertigo dance company, has created perhaps her best, most interrelated and well textured work yet. This enthralling piece fuses together dance, set, lighting and music to perfection and makes one of the strongest dance statements of the season. Every component of the stage becomes connected, each supporting the rest and contributing its own artistic layer. Ran Begno composed a deeply exhilarating musical structure with Hila Karni on cello and Yael Tai performing vocals. Complimenting the ambience is the lighting design by Dani Fishof, who found just the right misty tones of bluish-gray to accentuate the shifting moods. The versatile set and costumes were designed by Ofir Hazan. Wertheim chose her collaborators well, and wisely used the contributing creative drive of her 10 dancers. As a result, the range of the piece's movement lexicon is expansive. It weaves strong visual images with energetic and dramatic moves to create intense, almost violent encounters with jumps, lifts and rolls. Wertheim softens the impact, however, by releasing tender, understated details and undulating movements of relaxed sensuality. One can feel that warmth in the ensemble work and moreover, the trust between them. In one of the strongest scenes, some of the dancers climb a high stool and let their bodies fall straight back to be caught by their fellow dancers. It was a pleasure to see the strong troop work together, yet preserve their individuality.