Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
This Is Not A Love Show

Dec 11, 2021 — Jan 26, 2022
Kraftwerk Berlin

A Series of Dance Performances at Kraftwerk Berlin

This Is Not A Love Show, a series of dance performances by world-renowned choreographer Sharon Eyal and co-creator Gai Behar that brings highlights from their repertoire to Berlin, plunging the audience into a world of intense emotions, expressive movement and immersive techno-beats.

LAS presents a series of live performances conceived by acclaimed Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal and co-creator Gai Behar and set in the iconic building Kraftwerk Berlin.

Eyal & Behar have gained world acclaim for their artistic creations since they started working together in 2005. Trained in classical ballet and a long-term member of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company under Ohad Naharin, Eyal’s visceral style merges physicality, striking delicacy and uninhibited passion. Behar is well-known for having shaped Tel Aviv’s nightlife for years. Together their compositions are accompanied by the hypnotic sonic compositions of long-term musical collaborator Ori Lichtik, and characterised by nuanced expressions unique in contemporary dance.

Their dance company L-E-V (lev in Hebrew means heart) was founded in 2013 and is the confluence of movement, light, music, fashion and technology. Eyal’s signature style combines extreme emotions through movement. L-E-V is the culmination of years of momentum, and their original creations are delivered by fiercely talented dancers in cross-disciplinary stagings equally at home in a techno-club or opera house.

LAS showcases a survey of Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar’s major works, introducing Berlin audiences to key highlights from their repertoire, including the Berlin premieres of Soul Chain and Promise, both tanzmainz productions and OCD Love a piece made by Eyal & Behar uniquely for L-E-V Dance Company. The creations are adapted to be in dialogue with the industrialist architecture of Kraftwerk Berlin. A former power plant in East Berlin, Kraftwerk Berlin is recognised for hosting Berlin's music and underground culture since the forming of the adjacent legendary nightclub Tresor in 1991. Kraftwerk Berlin not only becomes host to the series of live performances, it is also the stage for the company to develop their work over two months.

"I believe in the story that comes from inside the body. My dancers always say that this style is really hard, both physically and emotionally. But the more extreme it is on the body, the more the emotion comes out!"

Sharon Eyal

Performances

Soul Chain

A production of tanzmainz

Inspired by strong emotions about love, Soul Chain combines ballet and electronic music in an exciting contemporary dance performance. The ensemble becomes a swarm full of energy as part of an extremely challenging choreography that won the German Theatre Prize DER FAUST in 2018 and was invited to the renowned TANZPLATTFORM DEUTSCHLAND in 2020.

Even though Eyal says Soul Chain is a play about love and longing, you should not expect too much romance. Rather, the movements are animalistic and pure, a steaming group moves with the highest discipline in rhythmic unison. The longer a unisono lasts, the more time we as a public have to search for the differences –  to find the dancers’ intention. As the choreographer says, one can see from the same thing how different we are. Here, in the contrast between the group and the individual, Eyal expresses her love for the absolute uniqueness of each individual.

Saturday 11 December 2021, 8.30 pm
Sunday 12 December 2021, 8.30 pm

Duration: 55 minutes

Credits

Choreography: Sharon Eyal
Co-Creator: Gai Behar
Costume: Rebecca Hytting
Music: Ori Lichtik
Stage and Light Design: Alon Cohen
Assistant Choreographer: Rebecca Hytting, Tom Weinberger
Rehearsal Director: Natalia Rodina

Dancers: Cristel de Frankrijker, Madeline Harms, Daria Hlinkina, Bojana Mitrović, Nora Monsecour, Amber Pansters, Maasa Sakano, Marija Slavec, Milena Wiese; Zachary Chant, Finn Lakeberg, Federico Longo, Cornelius Mickel, Alberto Terribile, Matti Tauru, Louis Thuriot, John Wannehag

Director tanzmainz: Honne Dohrmann
Production Manager: Lisa Besser
Assistant of Dance Directorate: Hannah Meyer-Scharenberg
Touring Manager: Maria Eckert
Stage & Sound set-up on tour: Luka Curk
Light set-up on tour: Dominik Hager
Stage Manager on tour: Matthew Tusa
Photos: Andreas Etter

Promise

A production of tanzmainz

After Plafona Now and the internationally acclaimed Soul Chain, Promise is Eyal & Behar’s third world premiere with tanzmainz. In this creation they have taken the complex interplay of discipline and devotion, the magical formula of dance, to the extreme. On stage, a group of people are intrinsically linked to one another, sometimes even as a single body. Figures in a shadowy world at each other's mercy – confinement and love, closeness and longing, ecstasy and loneliness – everything seems to blur and yet is clearly discernible in precious brief moments.

Wednesday 15 December 2021, 8.30 pm
Thursday 16 December 2021, 8.30 pm

Duration: 50 minutes

Credits:

Choreography: Sharon Eyal
Co-Creator: Gai Behar
Costume: Rebecca Hytting
Composition: Ori Lichtik
Stage and Light Design: Alon Cohen
Assistant to Choreographer: Rebecca Hytting, Keren Lurie Pardes
Rehearsal Director: Natalia Rodina

Dancers: Amber Pansters, Maasa Sakano, Marija Slavec; Zachary Chant, Finn Lakeberg, Cornelius Mickel, Matti Tauru

Director tanzmainz: Honne Dohrmann
Production Manager: Lisa Besser
Assistant of Dance Directorate: Hannah Meyer-Scharenberg

Touring Manager: Maria Eckert
Set up Stage&Sound on Tour: Luka Curk
Set up Light on Tour: Dominik Hager
Stage Manager on Tour: Matthew Tusa

OCD Love

A production of L-E-V Dance Company

LAS presents OCD Love made by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar uniquely for L-E-V Dance Company.
This powerful creation deals with obsessive-compulsive disorder as a challenge for love and for life, and is inspired by the text ‘OCD’ by Neil Hilborn.

Thursday 13 January 2022, 8.30 pm
Friday 14 January 2022, 8.30 pm
Saturday 15 January 2022, 8.30 pm

Duration: 55 minutes

Credits

Creators: Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Music: Ori Lichtik
Lighting: Alon Cohen
Rehearsal Manager: Leo Lerus

Dancers: Clyde Emmanuel Archer, Etay Axelroad, Darren Devaney, Guido Dutilh, Alice Godfrey, Rebecca Hytting, Dana Pajarillaga, Keren Lurie Pardes

Wet

World Premiere: 26 January 2022

A production of Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar (L-E-V Dance Company)
Featuring music by CURL, Koreless and Ori Lichtik
Commissioned by LAS (Light Art Space)

Over the past two months, LAS hosted a series of performances by choreographer Sharon Eyal and co-creator Gai Behar at Kraftwerk Berlin, which served as a platform for Eyal & Behar to develop new work in dialogue with the architecture of the iconic space. This residency culminates in the premiere of a new commissioned piece by L-E-V Dance Company that will premiere on 26 January 2022 featuring live performances in three acts by musicians CURL, Koreless, and DJ Ori Lichtik.

Guest curated by Claude Adjil, assisted by Sophie Korschildgen.


More information following soon.

"For me a movement is never the same. The beauty is that even when it looks the same or you think it’s the same it never is. It’s always something else."

Sharon Eyal

About L-E-V Dance Company

L-E-V Dance Company was founded by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar in 2013. Their company’s name is the Hebrew word for heart. The company has given around 700 performances in some of the most exclusive venues and festivals around the world such as: The Joyce Theatre, New York; Sadler's Wells, London; Festival Montpellier Danse; and Julidans, Amsterdam. L-E-V’s crew includes a musician, Ori Lichtik, light and costume designers, as well as a group of dancers.

About tanzmainz

The members of the tanzmainz ensemble are fully trained artists who are interested in developing a close working relationship with the guest choreographers. tanzmainz sees itself as a place of creation, therefore all works performed are premieres that have been created at the Staatstheater Mainz in cooperative projects involving their crew and guests. tanzmainz strives to constantly expand its repertoire with innovative forms of dance and production, and aims to be a bridge between the Staatstheater Mainz and the independent scene.

Accompanying Leaflet Dance Performances

Accompanying Leaflet Dance Performances (EN)

Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, This Is Not A Love Show
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Accompanying Leaflet Dance Performances (DE)

Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, This Is Not A Love Show
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Biography

Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar
Artists
Claude Adjil
Curator
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“I don't want to see the choreography, I want to see the magic. I want to feel and I want people to feel what I want to give them.”

Guest curator Claude Adjil speaks with choreographer Sharon Eyal about ‘This Is Not A Love Show’. They discuss what Eyal looks for in dancers, their shared love of music and how space can transform her creations.

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"It’s about how you approach ideas and movement and what you want to say. Because, anyway, everything has already been done before, you know?"

Interview with Sharon Eyal by Ana Bogdan for The Talks

OCD LOVE, L-E-V Dance Company. © Gil Shani

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“Sharon Eyal’s work is in demand worldwide and her unmistakable style is iconic.“

Take a look behind the scenes of the rehearsals at Bold Tendencies.

OCD LOVE, L-E-V Dance Company. © Ron Kedmi

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