Israeli dance company L-E-Vs visceral and mesmerising study of love.
There is definitely something compulsive about OCD Love, a dance inspired by a forlorn spoken word poem by Neil Hilborn about love lost due to the protagonists obsessive-compulsive disorder. Primitive and visceral, stirring and stylistically abstract, Israeli dance company L-E-Vs creation is a powerful study about matters of the heart that is danced to relentless techno beats mixed by musician and DJ Ori Lichtik.
In a mesmerising hour fusing movement, music, lighting and technology, bodies moving with technical precision orbit each other in a space, pulsating in between light and shadows, full of yearning yet always unable to connect. It is the dance embodiment of one person coming to bed while the other gets up, of something that is full and intact, but which has many holes in it. Dancer Sharon Eyal with long-time collaborator Gai Behar, both key figures in Israels thriving arts scene and co-founders of L-E-V with Lichtik, have created a contemporary piece about incomprehensible and pathological love one whose lovers keep missing each other because they are constantly out-of-step, yet are chronically and incurably unable to break free from the other.
Again and again, these paradoxes are personified by L-E-Vs dancers in each suspension and fall of a torso, with each extension of sinuous arms, and on every arabesque. OCD Love is an irresistible visual treat that will grip contemporary dance lovers with its mysterious exploration of imperfect and obsessive love.
(Photos by Gil Shani and Regina Brocke)
"Gravely beautiful exploration of the obsessive-compulsive state" - The Guardian
"The piece is intermittently powerful and certainly never boring"- The Times
"Hugely striking. Full of startling originality" - Evening Standard