White Bird Uncaged Opens Season with Astonishing L-E-V from Israel
WHITE BIRD LAUNCHES 16TH SEASON OF UNCAGED WITH
PORTLAND DEBUT OF L-E-V FROM ISRAEL.
LED BY FORMER BATSHEVA HOUSE CHOREOGRAPHER SHARON EYAL AND
COLLABORATOR GAI BEHAR, L-E-V’S 6- MEMBER COMPANY WILL PERFORM
TWO ACCLAIMED WORKS “SARA” AND “KILLER PIG,”
DISPLAYING EYAL’S ASTONISHINGLY INTRICATE LEXICON OF MOVEMENT.
Who: L-E-V, Artistic Directors Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Presented by: White Bird Uncaged
When: Wednesday, October 15-17, 2015, 8PM
Where: Lincoln Hall, Portland State University College of the Arts, SW Park/Market
Sponsors: Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate, Oregon Israel Business Alliance
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“It’s a sensual, experimental fusion of dance, light and music.” Jewishjournal.com
White Bird Uncaged launches its 16th season with the Portland debut of one of Israel’s most talked-about new dance companies L-E-V, from choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, on October 15-17, 2015 at Lincoln Hall. L-E-V (meaning “heart” in Hebrew) is a highly innovative confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion, art and technology, embodied by six fiercely talented dancers who move with expressive and tight precision. The company will perform two boldly sensual works, Sara and Killer Pig. Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s work was previously seen in Portland when White Bird presented Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in February 2013 and NDT2 last February 2015.
In the word of Haaretz writer Ruth Eshel, in both works, “The dancers move like people from another culture, with bodies that move differently and with a world of images and memories of their own.” The short 13-minute Sara (originally created for NDT2 in 2012) was inspired by an antique jewel box and expresses feelings of intimacy, sensitivity, and gentleness. The dancers seem implanted in a confined space, yet there is a sense of expansiveness as one dancer leaves the space to move on her own, yet still strongly connected to the other dancers. Eshel states, “The complexity and texture of the details… create a wonderful gem of movement.”
The longer 45-minute work Killer Pig (created in 2009 for Carte Blanche Dance in Norway), takes place, according to Eyal, “in a place of minimalist expression, intense honesty, and uncompromising physicality.” It begins with quick movement of bodies seemingly planted in the earth, then followed by further extension of the bodies, as shoulders, hands, chest start thrusting out. There is a fascinating tribal sensibility to the work, as dancers move as individuals and groups, separating from one another, and then joining back together as a single complex unit. Eshel adeptly describes Eyal’s movement as a “unique lexicon,” a distinctive choreographic language that the dancers internalize and perform with great precision.
Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva between 2003-2004, and House Choreographer of the company between 2005-2012. In 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies in the world: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany. In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. In October 2014, they premiered Untitled Black in collaboration with the Goteborgs Operans Danskompani in Gothenburg, Sweden. Their newest work OCD Love premiered in Stuttgart this past July to great acclaim. Eyal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators and the 2009 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.
White Bird’s presentation of L-E-V is supported by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest in San Francisco and the Oregon Israel Business Alliance. White Bird Uncaged 2015-16 is made possible through the generosity of Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate, with additional major support from the National Endowment for the Arts. White Bird’s 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund, Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, and Starseed Foundation.