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Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar


Sharon Eyal

Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company between 1990- 2008 and started choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as associate Artistic Director for Batsheva 2003-2004, and as a House Choreographer for the company 2005-2012. During 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies around the world: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany. For GöteborgsOperans Danskompani Untitled Black which featured in Hemland? and Max.

In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. In 2018 L-E-V’s repertoire now consists of six creations, among these Love Chapter 2, premiered at the Montpellier Dance Festival in July 2017, when, for the second time L-E-V's creation is co-produced with two of the internationally leading dance venues: Sadler’s Wells London and Julidans Amsterdam, for Love Chapter 2, also joined for the co-production: Montpellier Danse Festival, GROS Culture Percentage - Dance Festival STEPS, the RomaEuropa Festival and Theater Freiburg. From its inception until 2018 the company has had more than 150 international performances, some in the most exclusive venues around the world such as: The Joyce Theatre – NYC; Jacob's Pillow - Becket, Massachusetts; Sadler's Wells - London; The Montpellier Danse Festival – France; Julidans – Amsterdam.

Alongside their work with L-E-V, Eyal and Behar had also been commissioned to create for external companies: the Nederland Dance Theatre- Sara (2013); Bedroom Folk (2015); Salt Womb (2016), Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet and more.

Eyal has received several awards: The Ministry of Culture Award for Young Dance Creators (2004), Chosen Artist, by the Israeli Cultural Excellence Foundation (2008), The Landau Prize for the Performing Arts (2009),The 12th Belgrade Dance Festival’s Jovan Ćirilov Award (2017), The prestigious Fedora Prize (2017), The Professional Association of Dance & Theater Critiques at the Chaillot National Theater in Paris. Sharon's dance company L-E-V is about to perform its latest creation Love Chapter 2 at the Steps festival this upcoming spring, and also at Sadler's Wells in July and at Roma-Europa festival at September. During 2018 Eyal will be working on a new creation for the Sadler's Wells National Youth Dance Company, a collaboration with the singer Keren-Ann for a festival in Israel, Killer Pig at Rambert London, and in Berlin: Half-Life performed by the Staatsballett.

Gai Behar

Between 1999-2005 Gai Behar produced live music and underground artistic events, alongside techno raves. This underground line included a wandering sound system and raves in deserted buildings, basements and parking lots, in which live performances and installations by plastic artists took part. In addition, Gai maintained more established party-lines (Syntechtich, Dark Disco, Night Rox and more) in clubs such as Maxim, Shoken 17, TLV and Deep.

Behar initiated and produced the eclectic Salad line at the Fetish, highlighting VJ’s and video art, presenting international DJ’s as Mike Dread, Steve Bicknell, Daze Maxim, DMX Crew and more.

Behar is the curator and producer of the Man Without a Shirt events that took place twice at the Barzilay club in Tel Aviv, including the surrounding parking lots. The first event was co-curated by Uri Katzenstein, the second included works by Sharon Eyal, Talya Landa, Ori Lichtik and the premiere performance of Bnei Ha-Ma by Ohad Fishof and Yishai Adar.

Behar plays, together with Ori Lichtik in Anna Frank 14 – a techno-acoustic line-up based mainly on minimalistic rhythms and melodies, and is also part of Repetè alongside Ori Lichtik and musician/sound artist Alex Yunovich.

As of 2005 Gai has been collaborating with Sharon Eyal, co-creating Bertolina (2006), Makarova Kabisa (2008), Bill and Petrushka (2010), House (2011) and Lost Cause (2012) all created for Batsheva Dance Company. Since 2009 Gai has also co-created works with Sharon Eyal for dance companies around the world, including: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for the Norwegian Carte Blanche; Too Beaucoup for the American Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg.