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  • Writer's pictureBai Yu

Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart (L-E-V)



In the dim ambiance, the dancers emerge as luminous beacons of skill and precision, their grace meticulously honed, piercing the monotony. Birthed from the creative womb of L-E-V, Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart, unveils itself as a confounding odyssey. 


Crafted by the distinctive touch of Sharon Eyal, a mosaic of dance genres, salsa, voguing, rave, and balletic echoes converge. Yet, this choreographic mosaic stumbles into the abyss of repetition, a relentless loop where meticulous footwork, spineless backbends, and the looming specter of controlled threat, initially enchanting, dissolve into a monotonous drift across the unbroken expanse of a 55-minute performance.


Despite the allure of Maria Grazia Chiuri's gender-neutral, flesh-toned design, adorned with botanical drawings and a crimson heart. The resultant dimmed spectacle robs the audience of the full visual revelation, rendering the potential narrative power of these costumes inert. The sound, orchestrated by Ori Lichtik, gallops through diverse genres, attempting to compensate for perceived onstage vacuity, falters in cohesion, and casting shadows of doubt upon its role. 


Heralded as the apex of a trilogy, this performance disappoints as it withers in the shadow of its predecessors, "OCD Love" and "Love Chapter 2," fading into the echoes of the stage, unable to etch a lasting imprint upon the spectator's heart.

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