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Sharon Eyal is one of the most radical choreographers working today. As well as creating a repertoire of critically acclaimed original works for dance companies around the world, she has made notable projects outside the dance world, working with American rock band The National, Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior and electronic musician and producer Koreless.

Sharon Eyal’s work is in demand worldwide and her unmistakable style is iconic. Known for propulsive performances that fuse classical dance with underground club culture, she seizes darkness with intention. Punctuating her sharp and brutal choreography with vulnerability and emotional depth, Eyal harnesses the human body to assume a grave beauty, capturing the raw condition of human expression — the brutal journey of the heart.

Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar and their L-E-V Company have worked and performed at Bold Tendencies as part of our summer programme in Peckham since 2018. In 2019 Bold Tendencies organised L-E-V’s first UK Residency which brought their company of dancers, musician Ori Lichtik, and full creative team to London and included collaborations with music and arts organization Young, Jamie xx and Koreless, Harley Weir and George Rouy and National Youth Dance Company.

Located deep beneath the Selfridges Department Store on Oxford Street is a subterranean loading bay. Putting this space to a new, out-of-hours use, Bold Tendencies is working with Sharon Eyal to present a programme which celebrates the breadth and scale of her work to date — bringing together the combined forces of L-E-V, tanzmainz and Rambert2. The project runs across three evenings and presents six of Eyal’s magnetic, uncompromising pieces — all masterworks in groupology, stamina and glitching exactness.

The programme opens with the intense, tense beauty of O C D and energetic, rigorous glitter of Soul Chain for 17 dancers (this acclaimed work will be performed in the UK for the first time); followed by the the slow-motion glint of SARA and ultra aggression of Killer Pig; closing with the elegiac, enigmatic Love Chapter 2 and RAK MD LGD. Eyal created the unique and particular language of RAK MD LGD in the concrete spaces at Bold Tendencies and it will be reconsidered specially for this project.

The music for O C D, Soul Chain, Killer Pig, SARA, Love Chapter 2 is by Ori Lichtik and the music for RAK MD LGD is by Koreless.

Sharon Eyal Live in the Loading Bay is made possible by Selfridges as part of their Super Culture initiative. We are grateful for the additional support of d&b audiotechnik, Vanguardia, Locke Hotels, Sadler’s Wells.

Selfridges Super Culture
Culture and creativity are at the heart of Selfridges’ DNA. It’s what helps drive us forward and infuses everything we do. After a hugely challenging year, the importance of culture for the good of our livelihoods and the richness it brings to our lives has never been so vital. With this in mind, we’re delighted to launch Super Culture – our ongoing programme of events, films and installations (and much more) celebrating the most exciting ideas in the arts, both online and in store. Super Culture

L-E-V is the dance company founded by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar six years ago. Juxtaposing technical precision with rapturous, unapologetic freedom, their work gives form to the inalienable battle between our deepest feelings. L-E-V is the confluence of movement, music, lighting, fashion and technology, with performances as much at home in a nightclub as at the opera house. Their work forces the world to challenge itself and its boundaries, giving voice to the power of ferocity, determination and hope. Sharoneyaldance.com

tanzmainz is the contemporary dance ensemble of the Staatstheater Mainz and has been directed by Honne Dohrmann since 2014. 21 dancers work with a diverse production team to create three to five world premieres per season. Their way of working is characterized by openness, mutual respect and high motivation. The members of the ensemble are extensively trained artistic personalities who work closely with guest choreographers. tanzmainz has been one of the key supporters of the work of Sharon Eyal, commissioning three major works of hers in recent years. home_tanzmainz

Rambert is one of the world’s most diverse company of dancers, transforming everyday spaces by making dance that is awe-inspiring, adventurous, dynamic and relevant, both in person events and online. Rambert believe that to give brilliant and daring people the chance to inspire others is to give them the power to change the world for the better, and the company wants to hear the most exciting and radical ideas wherever they may come from and connect with brilliant and daring audiences and participants from all backgrounds. Through performances, dance and wellness classes and courses for people of all ages and abilities. Rambert2 brings together dancers with outstanding ability, creativity and individuality, to form a second Rambert ensemble. Rambert2 is an introduction to the top level of the dance profession, and a supported structure within which to develop their practice as creative, thinking dance artists. They are based at Rambert’s home on London’s south bank, working alongside Rambert’s other dance artists. Rambert2 extends Rambert’s reach, taking distinctive, world-class dance to more people in more places. rambert.org.uk

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