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Review of L-E-V: OCD Love at Sadler’s Wells London

LEV DanceL-E-V OCD Love is performed by six dancers, three men, three women, dressed in black and flesh, performing in a black box of a stage.

The opening is powerful. A male and a female dancing alone as a clock ticks, reminding that as they continue to miss each other time is finite. It will run out. Cello music plays.

But then rest of the ensemble arrives. These parts of all the dancers together tend to be the weakest, when the energy level of the piece sags. All the choreography by Sharon Eyal and Gai Bahar is very much ground tethered, incorporating classical ballet moves into modern dance choreography while not using the head space of the stage. This successfully communicates a sense of claustrophobia. Of being trapped. Of other places left unexplored. As human contact is sought and found to be broken apart by other distracting forces. Again.

The three male dancers together summon an extraordinary sense of non sexually specific masculine sensuality in one piece, which is a marvel.

The final scene is powerful too. A metaphor for much we know about the opposites of love.

In between the three most powerful scenes described, the varied music drives the action on, often with a powerful, affecting beat. Every sort of music is represented in this show and Orchi Lichtik who is the sound artist and responsible for the live music is to be congratulated.

This dance show will certainly appeal to a modern and under thirty five audience. Those who are familiar with the club scene will find something here for them too.

On occasions the repetition of gesture intended to represent reciprocation of connection becomes too much, it frustrates. But perhaps that is the very nature, the gesture that best represents Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and so that frustration too, has its place.

Three and a half gold stars

Review by Marian Kennedy

Star of Israel’s thriving dance scene, Sharon Eyal presents the London premiere of L-E-V Dance Company, whose name nods to the Hebrew word for heart: ‘lev’.

This is a piece about love that always misses, or lovers who keep missing each other, out of sync. One person comes to bed and the other gets up. This work explores that vacant space, viewing themes of the heart through the lens of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Performed to deep, pulsing, tribal grooves, this is a powerful piece from the company’s fiercely talented dancers, inspired from the text ‘OCD’ by Neil Hilborn.

Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Running Time: 55 minutes
Booking From: 19th to 20th September 2016


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