PS122 Hosts LeeSaar's PRIMA 11/18-11/22

LeeSaar - the Israeli contemporary choreographers Saar Harari and Lee Sher - who The New York Times called "a gutsy, brainy modern-dance troupe" is back at PS122 with the world premiere of Prima - the company's 4th show at PS122 and the first after its highly acclaimed 2007 show Geisha.

Known for its physicality and explosive tempos, LeeSaar's award-winning choreography matures in Prima with five arresting performers from across the globe exploring a world of pure sensation and energy. Teasing out the feminine and the virile, they are alternately playful and bashful as they navigate sexuality and temptation.

LeeSaar was established in Israel in 2000 by the actress and writer Lee Sher and the dancer/choreographer Saar Harari and is now based in New York City. The company uses the different disciplines and training of theater and dance to create original performances and its daily training is influence by the Gaga training of Ohad Naharin. The company members are from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, Korea, the United States and Israel.

Reflecting on what is new in Prima former army recruits Lee and Saar said "In this recent process we have been heavily influenced by the storm of emotions and new rhythms that move our life since the birth of our son and like many artists who have chosen to live and work in New York City our work concerns the isolation we feel due to the distance from our families back in Israel."

Lee and Saar were awarded the Six Point Fellowship for 2007-2009, the Guggenheim fellowship in Choreography for 2008 and the New York Foundation for the Art Fellowship for 2008.

LeeSaar's Prima is choreographed by Lee Sher and Saar Harari with performances by Jye-Hwei Lin (Taiwan), Hsin-Yi Hsiang (Taiwan), Hyerin Lee (S. Korea) and Candice Schnurr (USA). The artistic team including music by Yamato Ensemble (Yamato Ito-take), Wax Poetic featuring Bebel Gilberto, Zachary J. Mechlem, Timofei Dokshitser & Sergej Solodovnik, Yelle, A Small Good Thing, Filastine, and Dana Adini, lighting design by Joe Levasseur and music editing by Saar Harari.

Prima is performed by Lee She and Saar Harari. It is presented by Performance Space 122 and is a co-production with the JCC (Manhattan), Fusebox Festival, and testperformancetest (Austin TX).

Performance Space 122 is New York's ultimate destination for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multi-media. PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content and who rigorously challenge the boundaries of contemporary performance; PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs.

Prima premieres Wednesday November 18 and runs through Sunday, November 22: Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; and Sunday at 6pm. Late show Saturday November 21 at 10pm.

Tickets: $20 and $15 (students/seniors).

Tickets and PS122 Passports are now on sale and available online at, by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, and at the Performance Space 122 Box Office. Note: The PS122 Passport is a bundle of 5 tickets for only $55 that can be used in ANY combination to the 2009-10 season performances.

Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue @ E. 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

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