IN PHOTOS: Sex, Life and Death on the Dance Stage

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Nir Arieli.
Nir Arieli.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
Nir Arieli
Nir Arieli

The dance troupe is social space in which the dancers live, love and work. Nir Arieli worked on his "Flocks" photo series with modern dance troupes from all over the world.

I asked the dancers to collapse together into a single form.  It is my way of working to look for what remains in the bodies of the dancers once the dance has ended; when the movement has left the body the motive form of the performance has disappeared, and only the possibility of movement hidden under the surface remains.  

Ballet Hispanico (Close-up), 2014.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz

The troupes I worked with are very different from one another in their culture, history and emotions; and they all responded to the challenge in different ways. The fabric of the relationships created between the dancers in each group  showed a unique body language in each and every one of them. But all the photos have a shared quality, which reveals something basic about the way the dancers relate to each other physically.

Using a mostly nonverbal language, the dancers create complex living statues.  When they work together, the exacting dialogue between them creates a richer visual narrative. The bodies entwined with one another provide a concealed message of sexuality and death, which reflects and empowers the complexity of the human connections.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo 2015.Credit: Nir Arieli
Martha Graham Dance Company, New York.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
Left: Nederlands Dans Theater II (Close-up) 2014. Right: Ballet Hispanico 2014.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
Shen Wei Dance Arts 2014.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
Pontus Lidberg Dance 2014.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2014.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
Dance ensemble, Nederlands Dans Theater II.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
The dance troupe of Alvin Ailey, 2015.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz
The dance troupe of Bat Sheva.Credit: Nir Arieli, Haaretz

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