Ballet show in two acts
Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar are among the most exciting, original creative pairs in contemporary dance. The Jerusalem-born Eyal was a dancer, and later a choreographer, with Israel’s exceedingly important Batsheva Dance Company before forming her own ensemble, the L-E-V Company, in 2013, with which she appeared in Budapest in April 2017. Her creative and romantic partner, Gai Behar, is a DJ and underground creative specialist in Tel Aviv. In 2015, they composed Bedroom Folk for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1), a piece that formed part of the Strong Language dance show. Music, dance and light each receive equal emphasis in the choreography, which is little more than half an hour in length. The creation, which blends clean, uniquely designed and exotic dance elements and operates with suggestive colours and lighting, has a captivating atmosphere which is both serious and silly at the same time.
“Now in hindsight we realise that energy is everything. When we created Sad Case in 1998, so far in to Sol’s pregnancy, the hormones were jumping and emotions were high. It is these hormones of laughter, madness and the trepidation of the unknown ahead that are the umbilical chord of this work,” says the British Paul Lightfoot, thinking back to the origin of the ballet. He and his partner, the Spanish Sol León share credit for the performance’s choreography and set and costume designs. Up until 2020, León worked as artistic consultant and Lightfoot as artistic director for the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), where they were responsible for bringing about sixty creations, including Sad Case, which is undoubtedly one of the pillars of their work. In it, surprising movements set to Mexican mambo music reflect the ongoing search for the tension between the satirical and the serious. The Opera has long planned the staging of this irresistible modern piece for Hungarian audiences – and by way of it, the art of the world-famous Lightfoot.