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Carte Blanche

Sharon Eyal + Gai Behar

Corps de Walk

28 Feb. 1. 2 March 2013
Théâtre Maisonneuve

“So cool that you refuse blinking for fear of missing a single movement (…) Everything is performed accurately and the piece is 55 minutes of pure eye candy.” (Bergens Tidende, Bergen, Norway)

“They appear incredibly strong, fragile, driven and acting, and they fill the room with contagious energy. Corps de Walk is trance, fusion and explosion, sensitive rave and wild poetry.” (scenekunst.no, Norway)
 
For its Montreal début, Danse Danse is pleased to welcome Carte Blanche, the leading contemporary dance company in Norway. Twelve dancers will be performing Corps de Walk, a splendid work by Gai Behar and Sharon Eyal, a choreographer whose piece Bertolina was presented by the Batsheva Dance Company at Danse Danse in 2008. In artistic residence at this prestigious Scandinavian institution, Sharon Eyal has created a piece inspired by walking, which for her is the new dance.

Corps de Walk
“In recent works, I have used a system of walks. For me, walks are the new dance. Walks with a combination of sketched technique create a kind of high tech building in which I see beating hearts of gold, emotional form.” Sharon Eyal

Featuring a parallel, mysterious and decadent universe, Corps de Walk was initially presented at the City Theatre in Turku, Finland during the 2011 Performing Arts in May festival, and went on to great acclaim in cities across Europe.

Corps de Walk combines shapes and emotions in a unique, almost extraterrestrial “walk” by androgynous creatures. It makes a number of references to Killer Pig, Sharon Eyal’s first choreography for Carte Blanche, created in 2009. In Killer Pig, a piece for female dancers, Sharon Eyal plays with multiple incarnations of sensuality with a minimalist style and intense physical expression. She pursues that approach in Corps de Walk, but this time will all the company dancers involved. As with the previous piece, the costumes suggest androgynous nudity. She has collaborated with the Israeli musician DJ Ori Lichtik for many years, and once again here his music underpins her potent choreographic language, whose rhythm constantly evokes a beating heart.

“The whole performance breathes flares into life, vibrates with a life-giving, very technical energy and with a huge richness of expression. The soundtrack, put together by a DJ who is a regular collaborator of Sharon Eyal, sweeps both dancers and audience along on an exciting vision of a choreographic march that invents itself with each new step.” (sudouest.fr, Bordeaux, France)

Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche is the first company, apart from Batsheva, to present a full-length piece by this rising star of contemporary dance.

The national contemporary dance company in Norway, Carte Blanche was founded in 1989 in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Every year the company produces at least 3 new dance pieces and mounts 4 to 6 productions. The Belgian dancer and arts administrator Bruno Heynderickx has been general and artistic director of the company since 2008.

Works featured by Carte Blanche include pieces by celebrated Norwegian and international choreographers, and the company takes pride in commissioning new dance by up-and-coming choreographers. Its mélange of work by established and emerging artists makes for an eclectic and exciting repertoire, and it strives to be a driving force in developing, creating and producing contemporary dance in Norway and abroad.

Sharon Eyal
Born in Israel in 1971, Sharon was a dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008. She was the company’s associate artistic director from September 2003 to December 2004, and since 2005 has been its resident choreographer. Her breakthrough came with the very poetic Love, work created in 2003 in Israel, that charmed audiences and critics alike. She is currently a much sought-after choreographer. She restaged Love for Carte Blanche in 2005, and in 2009 created Killer Pig for the female dancers in the company.

Sharon Eyal is renowned for her uniquely personal and powerful movement vocabulary, which is often tinged with a subtle yet explicit sensuality. As the Israeli dance critic Gabi Aldor put it, “The clarity of movement in her dance is such that feminine splendour becomes a magnificence greater than life, worthy of goddesses. Her approach is a fresh reminder of an alternative femininity, maybe similar to that of Madonna, who fearlessly reinvents herself every day.”

Since Love in 2005 she has choreographed Bertolina (2006), Part II (2005), Makarova Kabisa (2006), One-legged Barbie (2008) and Killer Pig, as well as some shorter pieces. She recently created Bill (2010) for the Batsheva Dance Company and Too Beaucoup (2011), which made its première with the Hubbard Street Dance company in Chicago in March 2011, to great critical acclaim.

Gai Behar
Gai Behar is an artist, curator and producer. He has worked in the fields of video, music and performance, and has organized various alternative underground events, live music and techno raves featuring performance and installation artists. He has also produced and launched various night club concepts in Israel. He began working with Sharon Eyal in 2005, and co-created Killer Pig for Carte Blanche in 2009 and Too Beaucoup in 2011. Gai Behar and Sharon Eyal have two children. 
 
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Credits
Corps de Walk
Staged by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar. Costumes Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar. DJ and Sound Design Ori Lichtik. Music David Byrne, Claude Debussy, Noize Creator, Aphex Twin, Tuxedomoon,  Elemental Act vs. Our Scoring, Einstürzende Neubauten, Fumiya Tanaka, David Lynch, Lichtik,Ol' Dirty Bastard, Coil. Lighting Design Torkel Skjærven. Photo Erik Berg.  Video and press relation photo Yaniv Cohen. Dancers Caroline Eckly, Guro Rimeslåtten, Jennifer Dubreuil Houthemann, Christine Kjellberg, Núria Navarra Vilasaló, Sara Enrich Bertran, Christopher Flinder Petersen, Ole Martin Meland, Simbarashe Norman Fulukia, Shlomi Ruimi, Edhem Jesenković, Timothy Bartlett, Mathias Stoltenberg. Co-production Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf


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