The L-E-V Dance Company chart the extreme and physical

L-E-V Dance Company

OCD Love / credit. Gil Shani

Choreographer Sharon Eyal brings two high-energy works to the festival this year

When Israeli dance company L-E-V brings its two companion pieces to the Edinburgh International Festival this month, there'll be a lot of love in the room – but also a lot of speed.

Linked under the heading 'Love Cycle', OCD Love and Love Chapter 2 will be performed with choreographer Sharon Eyal's trademark fast-paced twitches, jerks, thrusts and general compelling brilliance. But working her dancers hard for the full duration of the show is more of a by-product than a quest.

'I'm not intentionally thinking how hard can I make this? That's really not interesting to me,' says Eyal, who creates the shows with her long-time partner on stage and off, Gai Behar. 'I'm interested in going through extreme experiences, and creating something very, very strong physically that goes into an emotional state.

'So I'm not deliberately trying to create a full evening without stopping, that just happens because it's the life of the piece, it's about the dancers experiencing something very deep.'

OCD Love, King's Theatre, 9, 11 Aug, 8pm; Love Chapter 2, King's Theatre, 10, 12 Aug, 8pm, £14--£32.

Love Cycle: Love Chapter 2

  • 4 stars

Sharon Eyal is one of the most exciting choreographic talents to emerge in recent years. Working with multimedia designer Gai Behar, she formed L-E-V Dance Company, creating work that is stark, uncompromising and fiercely beautiful, powerful in its expression of emotion and obsession. L-E-V Dance Company's* Love Cycle…

Love Cycle: OCD Love

  • 4 stars

Sharon Eyal is one of the most exciting choreographic talents to emerge in recent years. Working with multimedia designer Gai Behar, she formed L-E-V Dance Company, creating work that is stark, uncompromising and fiercely beautiful, powerful in its expression of emotion and obsession. L-E-V Dance Company's* Love Cycle…