Lee Sher and Saar Harari created the company and are now based in NYC (originally from Israel). Their work is beautiful – as are certainly their bodies – and their movements refined. I’m never good at interpreting dance; I need cheaters – hints, others’ perspectives, or preferably conversation with the artists. My guest for the evening & our current roommate, Luke Hayes, immediately got the tensions of serving as a Geisha.
I love that the the company has been providing training and a residency program in Austin the last two weeks – fantastic leveraging of visiting talent. Thanks a million to Julie.
I’m still perplexed by the juxtaposition of careers – Saar was a combat commanding officer in the Israeli special forces and is now a dancer/choreographer. Lee is also an actress & playwright. They received Guggenheim and New York Foundation fellowships last year.
This Portland-based company is outrageous, fun and great. After they were on stage for only 10 or 15 minutes, I wanted to know these guys. Lucky to have found them at the Late Night Party and spent a few minutes talking with the company founders and four of the dancers.
Completely unexpected. While watching, I was thinking back to Yakov Sharir’s early work with “technology” which while then cutting-edge was – at least in hindsight – low tech. Nevertheless, how visionary Yakov was in the 90s.
Wish I would have invited the company to Amy’s & Kirk’s brunch this morning. Good gosh, who else did I invite last night – hmmm? At least Graham & Shawn. I think a few others. Wondering if I ought to pick up a few egg mcmuffins to supplement the fare. Ahhh, I have a couple of chilled magnums of champagne – they always buy forgiveness.
Seated just behind Graham & Shawn – and introducing them to Luke – we started a conversation about the voices of artists in politics. Coincidently, Graham and Reggie had a similar conversation earlier in they day. I’m looking forward to following up on this. ABPorter.org is all about supporting art and conversations that build community; that’s why we’ve underwritten this year’s FuseBox Festival. Wouldn’t it be terrific if it furthered the conversation into a meaningful political voice for artists who haven’t previously expressed themselves. hmm, and President Obama’s Texas OFA director (Luke) engaged in this conversation as well?