Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart: MEGA ISRAEL


Festival Opening & Gauthier Dance premiere

Full speed ahead! For the grand opening of COLOURS, the hosts will present a programme which shows contemporary dance at its most dynamic – full of power and energy and striking a distinctly personal note. The central theme: The choreographers are all natives of Israel who, today, collaborate with major companies all over the world. What's more, all three productions marked an important step in their artistic careers.

In Uprising, Hofesh Shechter explores the extremely physical, virile side of dance. The seven male performers, all barefoot and casually dressed in T-shirts and trousers, are wavering between insecurity and aggressiveness, a longing for companionship and the urge for dominance. The mood is dictated by the music: harsh rock sounds, electronically distorted, composed by the trained percussionist Shechter himself. A strong statement that adds a whole new colour to contemporary dance. On top of Uprising for Gauthier Dance, Shechter will also contribute a German premiere to COLOURS – the brand new piece Grand Finale for his own London-based company.

Gai Behar and Sharon Eyal, for many years a dancer and later Resident Choreographer with Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Company, achieved their international breakthrough with Killer Pig. The duo is to create an extra Stuttgart version for Gauthier Dance – cast with six female dancers like in the world premiere, and condensed into 30 radical minutes. In the context of MEGA ISRAEL, the rough style and precise movements of Killer Pig make for the ideal counterpart to Shechter's Uprising. We see enigmatic Amazons in perfectly synchronized formations and desperate outbursts, coolly debunking all clichés of female dancing. After OCD Love which premiered with Eyal–Behar's own company L-E-V at COLOURS 2015, Gauthier Dance looks forward to directly collaborating with the artist duo from Israel.

The third piece is Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin – the long-term Artistic Director of the magnificent Batsheva Dance Company who is widely regarded as the greatest master of dance from Israel. After the great success of Kamuyot at COLOURS 2015, the creator of the Gaga method trusts Gauthier Dance with another production. Save that one should rather call it THE production... After all, Minus 16 is Naharin's signature piece which became iconic soon after the premiere in 1999. Like in a kaleidoscope, the choreography combines diverse episodes, musical material and moods which Naharin continually re-arranges and modifies. Whether it is the raw energy emanating from a circle of dancers on chairs, chanting powerful Oriental-style tunes or the rapture of a pas de deux set to Antonio Vivaldi's Stabat Mater – Minus 16 offers an intense experience for both the dancers and the audience which has lost none of its appeal.

Choreography: Hofesh Shechter / Sharon Eyal–Gai Behar / Ohad Naharin

Termine und Preise

VVK: Kat. 1: 51,- / erm.: 41,- / U-18J.: 41,-
Kat. 2: 44,- / erm.: 35,- / U-18J.: 35,-
Kat. 3: 36,- / erm.: 29,- / U-18J.: 15,-
Kat. 4: 28,- / erm.: 22,- / U-18J.: 15,-
Kat. 5: 19,- / erm.: 15,- / U-18J.: 15,-
incl. Geb.

Choreography & Sound Score: Hofesh Shechter
Lighting Design: Lee Curran, commissioned by: The Robin Howard Foundation
Additional music: Vex’d
Set & Costume: Hofesh Shechter
Staging: Bruno Karim Guillore, James Finnemore, Christopher Evans
Technical Manager: Adam Hooper
Light Technician: Edmund Trotter 
Premiere: June 24, 2006, London

Uprising is presented in association with Hofesh Shechter Company.
Uprising was made possible with support from the Robin Howard Foundation Commission 2006, Arts Council England and Jerwood Changing Stages Choreolab at DanceXchange.


Killer Pig

Creators: Sharon Eyal–Gai Behar
Sound Artist: Ori Lichtik
Lighting Design: Omer Shizaf
Costumes: Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar
Staging: Leo Lerus, Tom Weinberg
Premiere: February 11, 2009, Oslo


By Ohad Naharin

Excerpts from Zachacha (1998), Anaphaza (1993) & Mabul (1992).
This version was premiered by Nederlands Dans Theatre (1999).

Costumes: Ohad Naharin
Lighting Design: Avi Yona Bueno
Music: Soundtrack from „Cha-Cha De Amor“, Popular song arranged by Dick Dale, Traditional song arranged and performed by the Tractor’s Revenge and Ohad Naharin, Stabat Mater by Vivaldi, Song by Arlen Harold arranged by Marusha, Frédéric Chopin
Staging & Assistant to the choreorgapher: Shahar Biniamini
Premiere: November 11, 1999, Den Haag

Duration: 120 minutes with interval
Photo: Ben Rudick

A warm thank you to our premium partner ElringKlinger AG, the sponsors: Fashion- und Lifestylehaus Breuninger in Stuttgart, Luisa Cerano/Sporlastic as well as to the supporters: Eurowings GmbH, First Friends and Friends of Gauthier Dance, Stiftung Herbert Metzger und Anneliese Metzger-Nord.

Theaterhaus Stuttgart is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Bank, State Baden-Württemberg and State Capital Stuttgart.

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