Seen here in its U.S. Debut, Carte Blanche was established in 1989 as the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, based in Norway’s second largest city, Bergen. Since 2008, the company has been directed by Belgian-born Bruno Heynderickx, whose greatest influence was the Portuguese dance maverick Rui Horta. Heynderickx has constructed Carte Blanche’s repertory from some of the world’s most celebrated Norwegian and international choreographers, with a strong emphasis on commissioning new work. Killer Pig, presented at the Pillow for the first time in the U.S., was created especially for Carte Blanche by Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, the resident choreographer for Batsheva Dance Company. Eyal chose to focus specifically on the company’s six female dancers, playing with ideas and perceptions of femininity in nonlinear ways. This was Eyal’s first new work commissioned by a company other than Batsheva.
EXPLORE MAURA KEEFE’S MULTIMEDIA ESSAY ON SHARON EYAL