Atlanta’s dance scene continues to edge beyond the Perimeter, with renowned international companies that once only inhabited centrally located venues such as the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech and the Rialto at Georgia State University. On November 1, for one night only, the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center and Byers Theatre will present Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in its second visit to the metro area in just over one year.
Kibbutz appeared before a full house last October at Kennesaw State University’s Dance Theater in a highly adventurous program. The company returns with the same dynamic work it presented last year at Kennesaw: Horses in the Sky, a robustly physical and ethereal journey through artistic director Rami Be’er’s “reflections on the world,” which fundamentally reference impending apocalypse and conflict.
The dancers in this company have a range that exceeds the imagination. With impeccable training, endless abandon and a connection to immediate and visceral sensitivity, the dancers navigate a bizarre world that throws as much at them as they throw into the space they occupy.
While much of the dance world still associates choreographer Ohad Naharin’s work with Batsheva Dance Company as the epitome of Israeli contemporary dance, it has been recent ITP performances by companies and artists such as Vertigo Dance Company, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor and now Kibbutz who have etched different, yet equally compelling sensibilities into the scope of Atlanta dance.