LeeSaar’s “Grass and Jackals” Stunning Spectacle @ Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

LeeSaar The Company (photo: Denise Cerniglia)
LeeSaar The Company (photo: Denise Cerniglia)

LeeSaar The Company closes Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014 with the captivating evening-length work Grass and Jackals, a sensual, inventive, and visually stunning spectacle of dance and light, presented Wednesday-Sunday (August 20-24) in the Doris Duke Theatre. Under the artistic direction of choreographers Lee Sher and Saar Harari, the New York City-based company presents provocative movement rooted in a bold contemporary dance aesthetic, marked by “emotional nakedness, free-associative logic and frank sensuality” (The New Yorker). With enchanting lighting design by Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi), widely known for his work with Batsheva Dance Company, Grass and Jackals pushes physical and emotional boundaries for both performers and audiences.

At once soundly human and strikingly primal, dancers of Grass and Jackals prowl in sleek bodysuits “like animals under fire…their pliant bodies…blown back, nearly blown apart, knocked out of their usual alignment into some twisted shape, with ribs way over here, and a leg way up there,” comments Brian Seibert of The New York Times. Supported by an eclectic, ambient score including indie-pop artist CocoRosie, Grass and Jackals evokes visceral reactions with powerful solos and inhibition-releasing movement, seething with energy in an emotionally rich and physically challenging performance. Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff describes LeeSaar as “vivid, daring dance-theatre.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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