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Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar

Choreographer

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 between 2003-2004, and as a House Choreographer for the company between 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. 
In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. 
 
L-E-V’s repertoire consists of 7 creations. 
Their latest piece Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart, premiered at RuhrTriennale in Bochum, Germany in September 2019. For the third time L-E-V's creation is co-produced with two of the leading dance venues around the globe: Sadler’s Wells - London and Julidans - Amsterdam. For this creation, also joined for the co-producers: Ruhrtriennale, Christian Dior Couture, Montpellier Danse, Torinodanza Festival, Carolina Performing Arts, Bold Tendencies, Young Turks. 
 
Love Chapter 2, premiered at the Montpellier Dance Festival in July 2017. Also joined in this co-production was: Montpellier Danse Festival, MIGROS Culture Percentage - Dance Festival STEPS, the RomaEuropa Festival and Theater Freiburg. Winner of the FEDORA - Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet. 
 
Since L-E-V was founded, the company had more than 200 performances some in the most exclusive venues and festivals around the world such as: The Joyce Theatre – NYC; Jacob's Pillow; Sadler's Wells - London, UK ; 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); Feelings (2016); Salt Womb (2016); Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet, and more. 
 
Eyal received several awards: 

  • The French Professional Association of Dance & Theater Critiques at the Chaillot National Theater in Paris (2017) 
  • The prestigious Fedora Prize (2017) 
  • The 12th Belgrade Dance Festival’s Jovan Ćirilov Award (2017) 
  • The Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category (2009) 
  • Eyal was named - Chosen Artist, by the Israeli Cultural Excellence Foundation (2008) 
  • The Ministry of Culture Award for Young Dance Creators (2004) 

 

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.