Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar (IS/FR) / L-E-V
Into the Hairy
Churning dance, seductive, deeply sensual, elusive
L-E-V's dance has sometimes been compared to a perfume from a French fashion house: seductive, elusive, gluttonous yet refined. Superstar of today's dance scene Sharon Eyal creates ultra-stylised worlds populated by creatures that are equally as sexy as unattainable. Also in the latest dance piece Into the Hairy, the dancers turn themselves inside out emotionally in a propelling rhythmic cadence.
Run time 60 minutes
Location Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Their bodies are long and slender, dressed in Lycra catsuits to emphasise the ultra-defined lines of the choreography. The dancers of L-E-V Dance Company do not seem entirely human, and at the same time there is something disturbingly carnal about them. Together with her artistic partner in crime Gai Behar, Sharon Eyal turns the body into an object of indefinable desire.
The deep sensuality but also androgynous detachment in the dance is both hypnotic and magnetic: you just can't stop watching. Not least because of the compelling dance language, performed at the very highest level, which is totally contemporary. L-E-V mixes club dance with classical ballet into a swirling hybrid, not infrequently with a wink. -|-Propelled by an insistent bass, with their limbs following delicate high-arched shapes, the dancers are reminiscent of divine parade horses on acid. Always exciting is the sense of restrained power, a suppressed dynamic, that is menacingly present. This also makes the pieces dark and alienating.
Into the Hairy is the latest creation by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, in collaboration with London-based Welsh artist, producer and composer Koreless. Speaking about his work, a reviewer said: 'Like being electrocuted in the club, a club hit of a lifetime.'
Choreography Sharon Eyal
Co-Creator Gai Behar
Original Music Koreless
Costumes Maria Grazia Chiuri - Christian Dior Couture
Lighting Design Alon Cohen
Dancers Darren Devaney, Guido Dutilh, Juan Gil, Alice Godfrey, Dana Pajarillaga, Keren Lurie Pardes, Nitzan Ressler
Rehearsal Manager Davide Di Pretoro
Production Manager Maya Manor
Company Manager Roy Bedarshi
Agent Menno Plukker
INTO THE HAIRY’s primal version was commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space), January 2022 at Kraftwerk Berlin
Co-Producers Montpellier Danse Festival, La Villette - Paris, Salzburger Festspiele - Austria, Sadler’s Wells - London, Julidans – Amsterdam, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi - Italy, MART Foundation - USA, De Singel - Antwerpen , Dampfzentrale - Bern, Points communs - Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise / Val d'Oise
With the support of Orsolina28, Italy and Théâtre Sénart, France