January 12, 2017
Formerly a member of the Batsheva Dance Company, Sharon Eyal was baptized in Ohad Naharin’s tribal, gaga choreography. Eyal joined forces with Gai Behar, a nightlife scene party planner, to form L-E-V. Their work was on display at the Joyce Theater, when L-E-V performed “OCD Love”, a piece created in association with DJ Ori Lichtik and inspired by Neil Hilborn’s virally popular poem “OCD”—basically a lament about lost love.
Steeped in a dark ambiance, the first couple crumbles and twists around private angst filled tensions that stretch into an hour. Unsmiling, focused dancers draw sharply edged moves that balance between a modern dance vocabulary and a tightly edged jazz dance style. Body limbs lift and entwine in a labored manner until a moment, late in the piece, when two men break into a “challenge” dance, asserting their masculinity in chest bumps and cocky walks.
Of course, these days of political discontent suited the dancers’ dour looks. Anxiety prevails in our nation, and in a way, “ODC Love” suggests the internal machinations of many people unable to accept a political reality—or, a vanished love.
Composed of very distinct individuals tenuously lashed to a larger unit, "OCD Love" individuals travel in separate, impenetrable bubbles that slip mindlessly into disconnected groups. Over the course of the evening, the sound score deepens the curious mix of personal torment and search for some “other” while the lighting by Thierry Dreyfus aids the overall cloud of thinly stretch apprehension.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis