Ohad Naharin and Yasmeen Godder Bring Us Order and Chaos From Israel

The Joyce and the Kitchen host the curious choreographers

At the end, Aloni walks in wearing dark glasses, high heels, a trench coat, and a headscarf. She has wiped off the red lipstick and walks clumsily. She scrunches up her mouth and emits a couple of little “pssht!” explosions. Zamir laughs at her and stumbles out. But when he comes back to pin his shirt to the wall like a trophy, she turns her back to us, exposes herself to him, and then slumps against the wall, one shoe off.

Is she meant to represent the “ordinary” person, hiding behind the disguise of approved behavior, who is unavoidably goaded by the sensation-prodding extremes deluging contemporary society? Maybe.

Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin’s "Project 5"
Gadi Dagon
Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin’s "Project 5"
Sara Wilhelmsson, Inbal Aloni, and Shuli Enosh in Yasmeen Godder’s "Singular Sensation"
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Sara Wilhelmsson, Inbal Aloni, and Shuli Enosh in Yasmeen Godder’s "Singular Sensation"

Details

Batsheva Dance Company
Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue
212-691-9740, joyce.org
September 21 through October 3

Yasmeen Godder
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street
212-255-5793, thekitchen.org
September 23 through 25

I applaud Godder’s bravery and that of the sensational performers (no pun intended). The New York skyline and the nearly full moon outside the Kitchen have never looked so misleadingly benign.

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