L-E-V brings Israeli contemporary dance to Vancouver


Israeli dance troupe L-E-V (“heart” in Hebrew) performs this weekend at the Vancouver Playhouse. Chrisopher Duggan photo.

Fans of contemporary dance take note: a cutting-edge Israeli dance troupe will perform at the Vancouver Playhouse Nov. 14 & 15.

L-E-V (Hebrew for “heart”) was formed by Sharon Eyal, dancer, and choreographer at internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance. Presented by Vancouver non-profit DanceHouse, the company presents House, an exploration of “what a house truly is: a home, a club, an asylum, a way station.”

House is a collaboration between Eyal and Gai Behar. Since 2006, the two have been creating a continuous stream of critically acclaimed original works for Batsheva and other dance companies around the world. They are said to “make work that could be equally at home at a techno club or an opera house.”

L-E-V, formed in 2013, incorporates original music by Ori Lichtik. It is also known for utilizing emerging technologies into cross-disciplinary stagings. The troupe’s dancers are known for their expressive precision. (View music and video from House here.)

Rebecca Hytting. Gadi Dagon photo.

Rebecca Hytting. Gadi Dagon photo.

Performances begin at 8 p.m., with a pre-show talk at 7:15. You can order tickets and find out more info at dancehouse.ca. The Vancouver Playhouse is located at 601 Cambie St.

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