Israel

L-E-V/Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

Love Chapter 2

L-E-V (lev is the Hebrew word for "heart") has already thrilled audiences at the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps in 2014, with cool moves and an aesthetic that stems from the artistic directors' contrasting backgrounds: while Sharon Eyal has toured the world as a star of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company, Gai Behar comes from the Israeli underground and club scene, and has become famous as a producer of raves. Musician and DJ Ori Lichtik is also part of the close-knit artistic team. His pulsating techno beats, sometimes recorded live, are a signature feature in all L-E-V creations. These come about like snapshots of a perpetual creative flow, on the theme of love. Love Chapter 2 is completely devoted to the world of feelings left behind by lost love: mostly as a group, the dancers elegantly move across the stage – anonymous and androgynous. With astonishing flexibility, they keep forming new expressive body images. However, this unity is deceptive: each one of the ensemble's six members is competing for survival. Razor-sharp, down to the last detail, they lend form to their emotions – the next eruption is never far away. Once again, the latest creation from L-E-V offers a hypnotic, enticing and potentially addictive dance experience.

Sharon Eyal

Sharon Eyal

As a dancer at Batsheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv, Sharon Eyal was the muse of choreographer Ohad Naharin. At Batsheva, she worked as associate artistic director (2003-2004) and subsequently as house choreographer (2005). She founded L-E-V in Tel Aviv with Gai Behar in 2013 (at Steps for the first time in 2014). She is a sought-after guest choreographer and has created for the following, among others: Carte Blanche – the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance (at Steps in 2012), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Royal Swedish Opera Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. Picture: Amit Sides & Oran Avivi & Kobie Flashman

Gai Behar

Gai Behar

Gai Behar of Israel has played a role in shaping Tel Aviv's club scene. Between 1999 and 2005, he produced live music and underground events, organised huge techno parties and raves, and also presented international video artists and DJs. He has been working closely with Sharon Eyal since 2005 and is involved in all her choreographic works. Picture: Camilla Simonson

Ori Lichtik

Ori Lichtik

Drummer and DJ Ori Lichtik is seen as one of the founding fathers of Israel's techno scene and, from 1996 onwards, he made a name for himself primarily as a producer of raves. All of Sharon Eyal's essential works are based on his sound collages. In L-E-V's shows, he shapes the audio experience slightly differently each time. Picture: Tomer Applebaum

Programme:

Love Chapter 2

Creation:

Sharon Eyal

Co-creation:

Gai Behar

Live music:

Ori Lichtik

Lighting:

Alon Cohen

Costume design:

Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran

Costume production:

Odelia Arnold

Technical director:

Alon Cohen

Assistant technical director:

Bruch Shpigelman

Dancers:

Gon Biran, Darren Devaney, Rebecca Hytting, Mariko Kakizaki, Keren Lurie Pardes

Co-production:

Festival Montpellier Danse, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps, Dance and Theatre International Festival Freiburg, Sadler's Wells (London), Julidans, RomaEuropa Festival

 

In 2017, L-E-V received the FEDORA – Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet

Premiere:

6th of July 2017, Festival Montpellier Danse (F)

Swiss premiere

More information:

L-E-V