Dance Review

Sadeh 21; Israel Festival; Jerusalem Theater, May 26.

Batsheva Dance Company 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Batsheva Dance Company 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Choreographer and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, had premiered his latest creation Sadeh21, an incredible showcase for a group of highly talented and intelligent dancers, raised on his GAGA technique.
Naharin supplies the images but the dancers needs to respond using their imagination and sensitivities and no one does it better than unique dancer Iyar Elezra, who was chosen to dance the opening solo.
Like many of Naharin’s more recent creations, the work was comprised of rather short fragments, based on pure, extremely challenging movement. The dancers used their entire dance arsenal to appropriate the space around them, defying balance, coercing virtuosic positions.
And then there was stillness, gentle quietness that Naharin uses so cleverly, so naturally.
The end held a surprise as the dancers climbed the thin wall from behind and carried out a prolonged scene of multiple falls back into the abyss. Yes, it was fun and a great relief from the intense dance. It also set aside the company and freed the dancers from the conventional bow to the audience.