OCD Love review – striking fusion of techno, dance and OCD

Sadler’s Wells, London
Six dancers move as one in Sharon Eyal’s gravely beautiful exploration of the obsessive-compulsive state

L-E-V is an Israeli dance company created by choreographer Sharon Eyal and multimedia event designer Gai Behar. The two have been working together since 2006, and have been joined for recent projects by the percussionist and techno musician Ori Lichtik. Their most recent work, OCD Love, was inspired by a text by the poet Neil Hilborn. It describes a relationship in which a woman is initially charmed but later exasperated by the compulsive tics that beset the male speaker. “I couldn’t stop reading it,” writes Eyal. “For me it was already choreography.”

Watching OCD Love, it’s striking how perfectly music and choreography can reflect the obsessive-compulsive state. Hilborn’s poem describes a life punctuated and hyperextended by ritual: “At night, she’d lay in bed and watch me turn all the lights off… And on, and off, and on, and off, and on, and off, and on, and off, and on, and off.” Lichtik’s score is insistent and reverberant, with lush, shuddering strings. It makes its case, as techno music does, by repetition. Themes are developed and reprised, often with minute variations, as ticking percussion rises and falls.

Is it agony we see on her face as she submits to the rituals imposed on her, or ecstasy?

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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