GEISHA (winter 2008)
Geisha,” by LeeSaar The Company, is a trio with a sexy, raw edge that belies an underlying sense of vulnerability. The Festivals’ highlight, mysteriously moving. The New Yorker
The NY Times Dance Review for Geisha
By JENNIFER DUNNING Published: March 7, 2008
Ms. Sher and Mr. Harari, the directors of LeeSaar the Company, slowly and methodically build a world that is claustrophobic in its intensity. LeeSaar’s dances always require unwavering attention, they are powerful. “Geisha” is one of their strongest and most fascinating excursions into territory whose physical and emotional atmospheres are a coolly seething whole.
…Pitch perfect and delicious. The effect is of a window opening into another world, and also of the larger-than-life pop embodiment of Ms. Lin’s introverted woman-as-geisha
It begins with a stunning solo by a stunning woman, She can do something as small as touch her fingers to her mouth, and meanings explode in your mind. she never loses the specificity of being in the moment—aware of the space around her and how she fits into it
Remarkable—familiar in the sense of legible, yet, not exactly like anything you’ve ever seen.
“Geisha is an Often Silent, nearly Meditative experiance…Damn near all dance is about relationships in some way or another, but few pieces exploit the idea of how the space between two human bodies can be both a charged field and a cold void like LeeSaar’s Geisha.”The Oregonian
“I won’t spoil the ending of this piece, the ‘will they, won’t they’ drama is part of the whole excitement and I think it would be a disservice to clue you in on the ending. But I was amazed at the end of the piece just how sucked in to the drama I had become. I’ve seen a good amount of modern dance but never anything so deliberate, passionate and amazing as Leesarr’s Geisha. This is the kind of work that could awaken a love for modern dance.” Oregon Arts & Culture
When Geisha ended, I felt as if I had come face to face with a giant multi-faceted jewel—some sides illuminated in my view, some quite hidden. And that was truly fine. Brooklyn Rail
Choreography: Lee Sher & Saar Harari
Creating perfromers: Jye-Hwei Lin, Saar Harari and Lee Sher
Music: Collage: Chole, Vitamin String Quartet, Wabi Sabi, Peter Scherer.
Israeli songs: Sharon Lifshitz- “Its difficult with out you” word and music, Sharon LifshitsRita- “Living from day to day” words, Hanoch Levin. music, Rami Kleinstein
Light Design: Joe Levasseur
Costumes Designer: Rakefet Levi.
Geisha was made possible by the support of:
The Harkness Dance Festival
The Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in NY.
The Six Points Fellowship, The Foundation for Jewish Culture
Dalia’s Studio, Israel.