“…things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”
– Hanya Yanagihara | Little Life
Moment. Silence. Dryness. Emptiness. Fear. Wholeness. Concealment. Longing. Water. Demon. Gap. Coldness. Eyes. Intension. Impulse. Hideout. Colour. Side. Stitches. Love. Point.
Supported by the Azrieli Foundation, the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada, and Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation.
L-E-V (meaning heart in Hebrew) was founded by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar in 2013. Since its establishment, L-E-V has performed hundreds of shows in major venues and festivals worldwide, from Sadler’s Wells, in London, Joyce Theatre in New York City, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, The Montpellier Danse Festival in France, Julidans in Amsterdam, Singapore International Festival of Arts and the Sydney Opera House.
Sharon Eyal created three original and exclusive works for the company: OCD Love (2015), Love Chapter 2 (2017) and Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart (2019). Alongside their work with L-E-V, Eyal and Behar have also been commissioned to create for external companies: The Nederland Dance Theatre, Batsheva, Royal Swedish Ballet, Staatsoper Unter Den Linden Berlin, The Göteborg Opera, Rambert in London, Ballet BC in Vancouver, and many more.
Besides taking a part of the contemporary dance scene, Sharon Eyal and L-E-V are constantly involved in various projects and collaborations in music, fashion, contemporary art and commercial activities, with partnerships with Christian Dior, Young Turks, Jamie xx, The National, FIAC, and more.
About Sharon Eyal, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer
Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company between 1990–2008 and started choreographing with the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as associate Artistic Director for Batsheva between 2003–2004, and as a House Choreographer for the company between 2005–2012.
During 2009, Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies around the world: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany. In 2013, Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar.
L-E-V’s repertoire consists of seven creations. Their latest piece, Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart, premiered at Ruhrtriennale in Bochum, Germany in September 2019. For the third time, L-E-V’s creation is co-produced with two of the leading dance venues around the globe: Sadler’s Wells and Julidans. For this creation, the co-producers were also joined by Ruhrtriennale, Christian Dior Couture, Montpellier Danse, Torinodanza Festival, Carolina Performing Arts, Bold Tendencies, and Young Turks.
Love Chapter 2 premiered at the Montpellier Dance Festival in July 2017. For the second time, L-E-V’s creation is co-produced with two of the leading dance venues around the globe: Sadler’s Wells and Julidans. Also involved in the co-production: Montpellier Danse Festival, MIGROS Culture Percentage – Dance Festival STEPS, the RomaEuropa Festival and Theater Freiburg. Love Chapter 2 was the Winner of the FEDORA – Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet.
Over the past seven years since L-E-V was founded, the company has had more than 200 performances in some of the most exclusive venues and festivals around the world such as The Joyce Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, Sadler’s Wells, The Montpellier Danse Festival, and Julidans.
Alongside their work with L-E-V, Eyal and Behar have also been commissioned to create for external companies: the Nederland Dance Theatre – Sara (2013), Bedroom Folk (2015), Feelings (2016), Salt Womb (2016); Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet, and more.
About Gai Behar, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director & Creator
Behar was a big part of the Tel Aviv nightlife scene as a party producer, and as a curator of multidisciplinary art events from 1999 until 2005. Behar joined Eyal in co-creating Bertolina in 2005 and has collaborated on the creations of Eyal ever since.