“Start with less.” Those are the ;rst words that Keren Lurie Pardes says as she guides her fellow
dancers through a pre-rehearsal class in New York City. They have recently arrived to make their
debut at The Joyce Theater as members of L-E-V, the small, intriguing company founded in 2013
by Israeli artists Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Eyal is a former star dancer and choreographer-in-
residence at Israel’s renowned Batsheva Dance Company, and Behar is a former party producer. In
class, the six dancers start to respond to internal impulses; Eyal joins them, exemplifying the lush
articulation of Gaga, the movement language developed by her longtime mentor, Ohad Naharin.
The instruction by Pardes echoes an ethos of L-E-V’s work. Over coffee before class, Eyal
re;ected on what she looks for in movement. “Never extra stuff,” she said. “Do less.” But doing
less should not be mistaken for being quiet or minimal—L-E-V is anything but. It’s dark and
sexy and uninhibited and strange, qualities that have de;ned Eyal’s work since she began
The Rapid Rise and
Hypnotic World of L-E-V
Meet the company that’s mesmerizing
the international scene.
BY BRIAN SCHAEFER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM LAFFERTY
L-E-V rehearsed at NYC’s
Baryshnikov Arts Center
ahead of its Joyce debut.
Here, Sharon Eyal works with
dancer Mariko Kakizaki.
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