The contemporary dance piece “Half Life” by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar that is performed by the Staatsballett Berlin takes the viewer to an abstract world where intensity is marking every gesture and every decision.
A driving electronic beat makes the half-naked bodies of the dancers pulsate almost trance-like. The whole ensemble moves in unison as if it was one organism totally in synch with the music. The sweat on their skin makes every muscle glisten in the minimal light in front of the black background. Even though the choreography heavily relies on repetition there is a lot of suspense building up and the relief that the viewers experience when one movement breaks out of the formation feels a lot like that delicious “beat drop” moment during an excessive techno club night.
What is remarkable about this piece is the ecstatic reaction of the audience at the end of the performance which is often greeted with standing ovations and screams and shouts. This is not exactly a typical reaction of the Berlin opera and ballet audience.
You can currently enjoy the piece “Half Life” that we consider the absolute top dance piece currently on Berlin’s stages as part of the “Van Dijk/Eyal” double performance at Komische Oper on April 11 & 14 as well as May 30 & June 1st, 2019.
To get a taste of the show we have a bunch of amazing photos by Anna Agliardi to get you a taste.
photos: Anna Agliardi