MEGA ISRAEL: Minus 16

MEGA ISRAEL: Minus 16. Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

© Regina Brocke

MEGA ISRAEL

Choreographies by Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, Ohad Naharin
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Gauthier Dance presents a programme which shows contemporary dance at its most dynamic – full of power and energy and striking a distinctly personal note. The central theme: The choreographers are all natives of Israel who, today, collaborate with major companies all over the world. What’s more, all three productions marked an important step in their artistic careers.

  • 2h, one interval

In ‘Uprising’, Hofesh Shechter explores the extremely physical, virile side of dance. The seven male performers, all barefoot and casually dressed in T-shirts and trousers, are wavering between insecurity and aggressiveness, a longing for companionship and the urge for dominance. The mood is dictated by the music: harsh rock sounds, electronically distorted, composed by the trained percussionist Shechter himself. A strong statement that adds a whole new colour to contemporary dance.

Gai Behar and Sharon Eyal achieved their international breakthrough with ‘Killer Pig’. The duo is to create an extra version for Gauthier Dance – cast with six female dancers like in the world premiere, and condensed into 30 radical minutes. In the context of ‘MEGA ISRAEL’, the rough style and precise movements of ‘Killer Pig’ make for the ideal counterpart to Shechter’s ‘Uprising’. We see enigmatic Amazons in perfectly synchronized formations and desperate outbursts, coolly debunking all clichés of female dancing.

The third piece is ‘Minus 16’ by Ohad Naharin – the long-term Artistic Director of the magnificent Batsheva Dance Company who is widely regarded as the greatest master of dance from Israel. After the great success of ‘Kamuyot’, the creator of the Gaga method trusts Gauthier Dance with another production. Save that one should rather call it THE production … After all, ‘Minus 16’ is Naharin’s signature piece which became iconic soon after the premiere in 1999. Like in a kaleidoscope, the choreography combines diverse episodes, musical material and moods which Naharin continually re-arranges and modifies. Whether it is the raw energy emanating from a circle of dancers on chairs, chanting powerful Jewish traditional Echad Mi Yodea or the rapture of a pas de deux set to Antonio Vivaldi’s setting of ‘Nisi Dominus’ (Psalm 126) – Minus 16 offers an intense experience for both the dancers and the audience.

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart is a young, dynamic company of 17 highly individual, versatile dancers, directed by the dancer, choreographer and musician Eric Gauthier. The Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart presents contemporary dance by Gauthier and internationally renowned choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Itzik Galili, Paul Lightfoot / Sol León and Hans van Manen. Set up in October 2007, Gauthier Dance established itself in the German dance scene with record speed and has become an international brand.

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Cast

Uprising
Hofesh Shechter Choreography & Sound Composition
Vex’d Additional Music
Hofesh Shechter Stage & Costume Design
Lee Curran commissioned by The Robin Howard Foundation Lighting Design

Killer Pig
Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar Choreography
Ori Lichtik Music
Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar Costume Design
Kevin A. Jones Lighting Design

Minus 16
Ohad Naharin Choreography
Excerpts from “Zachacha” (1998), “Anaphaza” (1993), “Mabul” (1992)
Soundtrack from “Cha-Cha de Amo”; popular song arranged by Dick Dale; trad. song arranged and performed by the Tractor’s Revenge and Ohad Naharin; “Stabat Mater“ by Vivaldi; song by Arlen Harold arranged by Marusha; Frédéric Chopin and others Music
Ohad Naharin Costume Design
Avi Yona Bueno Lighting Design

Eric Gauthier Artistic Director
Federica Dadamo, Louisa Rachedi Ballet Mistresses
Mario Daszenies Technical Production Management
Gudrun Schretzmeier Artistic Coordination Stage & Costumes
Alexandra Brenk Production Management
Lisa Beck Artistic Management
ecotopia dance productions Tour Management

Organiser Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Media Partners Exberliner Magazine, kulturradio vom rbb, radioeins vom rbb, tip Berlin, Yorck Kinogruppe and ZITTY

A Theaterhaus Stuttgart production
A warm thank you to our premium partner ElringKlinger AG, our sponsor Fashion- und Lifestylehaus Breuninger in Stuttgart as well as to our supporters The First Friends und Friends of Gauthier Dance and the Foundation Herbert Metzger and Anneliese Metzger-Nord.
Theaterhaus Stuttgart is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Bank, the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart