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Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar / L-E-V
OCD Love


Saturday, May 20, 7 p.m. - TICKETS 
Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m. - TICKETS
Venue: Carl-Orff-Saal, Gasteig
Running time: 55 minutes
Admission price: € 24 / reduced admission price: € 12
Discussion with the artists on May 21st

Their world is dark, seductive. The latest piece by the choreographer Sharon Eyal, her partner Gai Behar, and the company they founded together in 2013 in Israel, L-E-V, was inspired by a text by the poetry slammer Neil Hilborn: OCD. The abbreviation of "obsessive compulsive disorder" speaks of love under the sign of a neurosis. OCD Love plays with repetitions, errors, tics, and the experience of always missing the right moment. What proportion of obsessions can a lover cope with? How often does one endure rejections? Moments of physical and mental synchronization are created and fall apart again. The atmosphere of OCD Love is dark but not gloomy. Eyal, who ranks among the most important international choreographers and had already been a guest artist at DANCE 2015, says the work is like a dark stone in her chest that she forced out. Once again she is working according to the gaga method, which this artist, born in 1971 in Jerusalem, became acquainted with while working with Ohad Naharin and his Batsheva Dance Company. She was the in-house choreographer there for eight years; in the meantime, she choreographs for different companies, including GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. Intuitive, reflex-like movements, accompanied live by the pulsing beat from the musician Ori Lichtik, keep the hyperflexible bodies of the six dancers in a state of tension, which suddenly and eruptively explodes.

Choreographer: Sharon Eyal
Co-creater: Gai Behar
Live music: Ori Lichtik
Costume designer: Odelia Arnold, in collaboration with Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran, Sharon Eyal, and Gai Behar
Dancers: Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran, Leo Lerus, Darren Devaney, Mariko Kakizaki, Keren Lurie Pardes
Production: L-E-V
In coproduction with Colours – International Dance Festival, Stuttgart; Sadler's Wells, London; Carolina Performing Arts – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Julidans, Amsterdam; and Montpellier Danse

The production OCD Love was developed during a performing arts residency at The Banff Centre, Canada.

Sharon Eyal is a member of the Israeli Choreographers Association.

The Banff Centre   Carolina Performing Arts   Choreographers Association   COLOURS International Festival 

 Julidans   Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar / L-E-V_OCD Love   Mifal Hapais Ministry of Culture and Sport  Montpellier Danse   Sadlers Wells