Archived: L-E-V has hearts wide open

OCD LOVE by L-E-V Company

Israeli company L-E-V (‘heart’ in Hebrew), one of the originals on the contemporary dance scene, joins ONE DANCE WEEK 2019. Their newest performance, CHAPTER 3, will be presented on October 5, 2019 at the Boris Hristov House of Culture in Plovdiv. Bulgarian audiences will have the opportunity to see the stunning performance a few days after its world premiere on September 26–29 in Germany, and well before it makes its debut at numerous international festivals and theaters. The New York Times writes that choreographer Sharon Eyal’s work has “hearts wide open”.

CHAPTER 3 continues the theme of love following the company’s previous two productions – OCD LOVE and LOVE CHAPTER 2 – and displays the distinctive dance vocabulary of Sharon Eyal and multimedia designer Gai Behar. They founded the L-E-V Company in 2013 and their performances quickly became worldwide events of unique dance, multimedia, drama, and fashion.

OCD LOVE reflects on the deepest of all human feelings, love. The performance is inspired by writer Neil Hilborn’s powerful modern poem titled OCD,  the heart-breaking confessions a man with OCD. It deals with obsessive-compulsive disorder as a repeatedly emerging challenge to love and life. Because of his mania, anxiety and intrusive thoughts, the protagonist loses his true love.

LOVE CHAPTER 2, as the creators write, is a “reason to cry”. The show is a darker tale of loneliness, despair, and attempts to connect to people.

CHAPTER 3 focuses on processes of repair and coming to new arrangements. These spectacles form a powerful trilogy dedicated to the greatest of all feelings – love, with its depth, drama, joy, and desperation.

Choreographer Sharon Eyal danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008. She worked as a choreographer and associate artistic director in 2003–2004 and house choreographer in 2005–2012. While at Batsheva, she worked with world-renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin who created the original “Gaga” technique, a hallmark of Israeli contemporary dance. Eyal added to this improvisation-heavy dance language and continues to expand her movement vocabulary.

Since 2006, collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar have been a significant voice in the artistic community, creating a continuous stream of critically acclaimed original works for dance companies around the world. L-E-V is the culmination of years of momentum, choreographed by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, accompanied by the original music of Ori Lichtik, delivered by fiercely talented dancers that move with expressive precision.

LOVE Chapter 2 @ André Le Corre

L-E-V could be equally at home at a techno club or opera house. L-E-V is the confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion, art and technology. Each uniquely expressive while emotionally entwined.

Ori Lichtik is a multifaceted musician, drummer and creative DJ One of the founding fathers of the techno scene in Israel, he has created, produced and spined musical productions, techno raves and various other music and performance events since 1996.

Sharon Eyal was invited by Dior’s artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri to create a special dance piece for the company’s Spring – Summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week.

ONE DANCE WEEK is organized by ONE Foundation for Culture and Arts and is a part of the program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019. The event is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria. Follow @onedanceweek on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information.

L-E-V Company is presented in Plovdiv with the support of The Embassy of Israel in Bulgaria