The sensational contemporary dance company from Germany’s Staatstheater Mainz makes its Danse Danse debut with Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s Soul Chain. A high-energy work with hypnotic appeal.
Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, an artistic duo whose career path truly dazzles, are constantly exploring the notions of love and desire in works of visceral intensity that resonate deep within us. Soul Chain, created for tanzmainz and winner of Germany’s prestigious Der Faust award, is one of their most striking works. But don’t expect too much romance, Eyal warns! To the relentless techno beats of DJ Ori Lichtik, a chorus of 17 male and female dancers on demi-pointe “driven by an irrepressible, almost animal, but ultimately solitary desire to break out of themselves” vibrates and pulsates in perfect synergy. Meticulously assembled, this strange parade, with its minute and complex variations, culminates in a stunning crescendo, to the point of exhaustion. A tour de force.
Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem and is currently based in France. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008 and started choreographing within its Batsheva Dancers Create project. She served as Associate Artistic Director for Batsheva from 2003 to 2004, and as a House Choreographer for the company from 2005 to 2012, period during which she created 16 new works
Born in Jerusalem in 1977 and currently based in France, Gai Behar is considered an influential figure of Tel Aviv’s live music, art and nightlife scenes. From 1999 to 2005, he was an event planner for many notable nightclubs in Tel Aviv and specialized in experimentation with performance art, installation, and video combined with dance.
A Staatstheater Mainz production
Choreography Sharon Eyal.
Co-creator Gai Behar.
Costumes Rebecca Hytting.
Composition Ori Lichtik.
Stage and Lighting design Alon Cohen.
Assistant to the Choreographer Rebecca Hytting, Tom Weinberger.
Rehearsal Director Natalia Rodina.
Dancers Elisabeth Gareis, Daria Hlinkina, Cassandra Martin, Nora Monsecour, Amber Pansters, Maasa Sakano, Marija Slavec, Milena Wiese, Zachary Chant, Paul Elie, Finn Lakeberg, Christian Leveque, Federico Longo, Cornelius Mickel, Jaume Luque Parellada, Matti Tauru, Alberto Terribile.
Director tanzmainz Honne Dohrmann.
Production Manager Lisa Besser.
Collaborator of Dance Directorate and Touring Manager Hannah Meyer-Scharenberg.
Assistant of Dance Directorate Julia Kraus.
Stage & Sound Set Up on Tour Luka Curk.
Light Set Up on Tour Dominik Hager.
Stage Manager on Tour Matthew Tusa.
World premiere October 28th, 2017.
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