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Itzik Galili at Taliesin Arts Center     

Itzik Galili at Taliesin Arts Center ONE of the most exciting new choreographers Itzik Galili brings his company to Wales for the first time on Friday when Exile Within is performed at the Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea.

His work is best known taking it to festivals in Wales through Diversions who has toured his work Peeled extensively both at home and abroad, including Milan and most recently Bilbao.

This is, however, the first visit to Wales by Galili Dance which is the flagship contemporary dance company of north Holland with 11 dancers and a growing reputation for exciting fresh and instantly accessible work.
Galili Dance has built a colourfully eclectic repertoire representing a broad range of themes. Linked by a recognizable movement language, the creations of the self taught Galili, continue to challenge the audience emotionally and psychologically.

Ann Sholem, artistic director of Diversions, Dance Company of Wales, was so impressed with the company’s work that she invited Itzik to choreograph the fast moving and energetic piece Peeled for their 25th birthday tour.
Itzik Galili, was born in Tel Aviv, but has been based in Groningen, Holland, with his own company since 1997. The company currently tours for 60-90 performances a year in a variety of national venues and has always been very warmly received abroad in countries including Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Brazil, Finland, Israel, Italy and Japan.

He is a charismatic choreographer of romance and contrasts: he uses the extremes of tenderness and cruelty, intellect and instinct to explore the human condition. In his piece Exile Within he bathes this exploration in an almost expressionist light.

The performance is a coherent trilogy of dance, music and clever design of light and shadow, which places great demands on his six dancers and conjures up images that stay with you long afterwards.

Galili’s movement language is extremely physical, even acrobatic, but still light footed, sensual, poetic and expressive, here accompanied by the enchanting music of Philip Glass and John Cage, and Damien Rice amongst others.

In the space of 60 minutes, poetically close-textured scenes about rejection and closeness unfold, affording a perfect balance between powerful solos and touching duets and group sequences. Galili Dance does not only present strong emotions, it also stirs them up in its audience.

Exile Within, Talisen Arts Centre, £13 / £Concession £10, 8pm, Friday, 01792 60 20 60.
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