Batsheva Hosts: Harrowingby Jessica Laub | 11.12.16
Harrowing is a dance performance featuring Or Meir Schraiber and its own creator, Bobbi Jene Smith. The American-born Bobbi Jene Smith was a long time dancer with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company and will be returning as a dancer this spring.
Through seven distinct scenes and multimedia projections, this duet “poetically investigates the relationships we make and leave behind and conjures the effects of emotional connections in one’s life and body.”
The title of this dance captures the complexity of emotions that are dealt with. Harrowing is derived from the word “harrow,” which has dual meanings: as a noun it refers to a tool used to turn over and smooth soil, while as a verb it means “to cause distress.” These themes figure prominently in Smith’s work, and expand on themes of her previous performances—“Smith’s work deftly figures beauty and pitfalls of nostalgia and romance.”