Love Cycle: OCD Love 17/10/2019

"Golden Mask" Festival Program

Love Cycle: OCD Love


Dance company L-E-V (Israel)
55 minutes. The performance runs without intermission
Without words

The performance is based on a book by poet Neil Hilborn who suffers from an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

"In this work I see everything as very dark. And in these shadows you dance with your own shadow. To a large extent, I drew my inspiration from Neil Hilborn's OCD text. It seems like a very strong text to me because it reflects me in many ways. I reread it many times. The text itself was already a choreography or a form in which I could place my inspiration, place myself. For the first time, the basis of the performance formed in my head so distinctly. It happened even before I started the work. I know how it feels and how it smells. It is like the end of the world which has no mercy. It is like falling into an abyss without the chance to come back. A lot of noise and a desperate wish for silence. I did not create the performance out of the need to make something sad; but because I needed to share it, to take this dark stone out of my chest." Sharon Eyal

The name "OCD Love" alludes to the obsessive-compulsive disorder, which engulfs a person with obsessive and annoying thoughts. They are obliged to perform repetitive actions to get rid of irrational thoughts. These obsessive and painful thoughts from the area of fantastic have become the main theme of the performance.

The show starts with a solo dance. In her slow, protracted movements the dancer seems to be looking for the lost elements that can help reunite her broken internal world. Her limbs seem to be separating from the body, giving place to the internal tension, which enables her to reach the farthest corners of fantasy. In the entire work, the movements are replete with gaga, the technique developed by Ohad Naharin, but also it bears an imprint of Eyal's and Behar's imagery. The performance reflects Eyal's burning personality that appeals to rituals in search of calm. Here the body changes under the influence of inner transformations, turning into a dense clot of inner force more powerful than tsunami. "Haaret'z"





Gon Biran

Rebecca Hytting

Mariko Kakizaki

Keren Lurie

Pardes Clayd

Darren Devaney

Emmanuel Archer

Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar
Ori Lichtik
Thierry Dreyfus
Costime design
Odelia Arnold in cooperation with Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran, Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar
Technical director
Alon Cohen
Assistant Technical director
Baruch Spiegelman