In the short run at BAC (October 12 – 13), Roy Assaf Dance managed to show many faces of intimacy in just two works. The mood-shifting duet Six Years Later, matched the many musical moods from Beethoven, Handel, to the ‘60s pop group Marmalade, danced by Assaf and Madison Hoke. Holding Assaf by hand, guiding him on stage (and later, leading him off), they set the stage for their story of entangled partnerships, with an equal mix of mood and movement. Almost never letting go of each other, they lock or free their heads, chests, shoulders and take time to inject a conversation of smiles. The nicely themed lights by Dani Fishof and Omer Sheizaf was soon interrupted with blaring whites for The Hill, the fast-paced male trio inspired by experiences of war veterans that followed. Boom, the lights come up, the mood shifts and though the pace was markedly double or triple that of Six Years Later, the intimacy here was palpable. Their countless calculated lifts, familial sequences hints of Israeli folk dance and comradery are proof enough. The men in The Hill, Igal Furman, Avshalom Latucha and Assaf are funny, daring, defying, and they dance well together. With a hug and a kiss on the forehead, Assaf celebrated Furman because it was his last time with the company. What will the trio be without him?
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