OCD Love

Staatstheater Darmstadt, Kleines Haus


She is the star of the Israeli dance scene: Sharon Eyal, born 1971 in Jerusalem, best known as dancer and resident choreographer for the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company. Gai Behar is a DJ, techno musician and fromer organiser of legendary underground raves in Tel Aviv. The two of them have been working together since 2005 and still create pieces that breathtakingly tear down the boundaries between high culture and rave.

In 2013, they founded their company L-E-V, which contains the Hebrew word for “heart“(lev). Their piece “OCD Love” is a personal matter. It deals with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), a pathological condition that interferes with love and life. Accompanied by the pulsating techno beats of DJ Ori Lichtik, the piece focuses on failed love. Like a person going to bed just as the other stands up. Something complete, but nevertheless full of holes. “OCD Love” is dedicated to exactly these holes. The piece was strongly inspired by Neil Hilbron’s slam poem about OCD, which Sharon Eyal read like a choreography.

Creators: Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar * 
Sound Artist and Live Music: Ori Lichtig * Lighting: Thierry Dreyfus * Costumes: Odelia Arnold * In Collaboration with
: Rebecca Hytting, Gon Biran, Sharon Eyal, Gai Behar Dancers Gon Biran, Darren Devaney, Rebecca Hytting, Mariko Kakizaki, Leo Lerus,
 Keren Lurie Pardes *
 Technical Director: Alon Cohen * Tour Manager: Keren Gdalyhau Malki * International touring agent: Menno Plukker Theatre Agent, INC. * Co-production: Colours – International Dance Festival – Stuttgart, Germany; Sadler’s Wells – London, England; Carolina Performing Arts – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Julidans – Amsterdam, Netherlands; Montpellier Danse. The production of OCD LOVE was developed through a Performing Arts 
Residency at The Banff Centre, Canada * All pieces of the Rhein-Main dance festival are taking place within the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The Tanzplattform Rhein-Main is a project of Hessian Staatsballett and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and is sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt am Main, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Foundation Alliance [Aventis Foundation, BHF-BANK Foundation, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner Foundation, Polytechnic Society Foundation].

Choreography by Sharon Eyal