Scene from Emanuel Gat Dance "LOVETRAIN2020"
CPA Series

Emanuel Gat Dance: LOVETRAIN2020

December 7, 2022
8 PM

Tickets from $10-$72. See details below.  

Emanuel Gat’s work explores the intersections between choreography, music, audio and visuals to move audiences and tell stories.  
Presented in partnership with American Dance Festival, Duke Arts and NC State LIVE, LOVETRAIN2020 is a choreographic ode to the sound and vibe of the 80s, as embodied in the music of Tears For Fears, with its utopic drive and epic groove. 

“Mr. Gat melds gestural detail with larger-scale movement, sometimes working against the music’s rhythms, sometimes with them, frequently in silence. This eccentric physical dialogue with the music — mostly in a minor key and vaguely gloomy in content yet somehow gloriously singalong — is exhilarating. 

LOVETRAIN2020 is everything the small-scale, often somber work made for video during the past months is not. It’s loud, joyous, physical, close. […] A celebration of the body, of performance, of life.” 

The New York Times


Tickets available for $42-72. $10 UNC-Chapel Hill, American Dance Festival, Duke University and NC State University student tickets available with valid student ID. Additional discounts available. Visit our FAQ page for details. 

Save 20% on our four-performance, experimental dance series: 

  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: What Problem? | October 28-29, 2022 
  • Bobbi Jene Smith: Broken Theater | November 11-12, 2022 
  • David Neumann and Marcella Murray for Advanced Beginner Group: Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed | November 18-19, 2022 
  • Emanuel Gat Dance: LOVETRAIN2020 | December 7, 2022 

Main Floor, Section A Package: $82 (plus taxes and fees; save $20)  
Premium Package: $94 (plus taxes and fees; save $23) 

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  • Program: We’re excited to offer a robust digital program book for this event. To access this resource, click here. This program can also be accessed via QR codes on event signage.
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Intermission: n/a
  • Special effects: This production will use theatrical haze effects.
  • Additional information: Visit our FAQ page 


Music: Tears For Fears 

Choreography and Lights: Emanuel Gat  

Costume Design: Thomas Bradley 

Costume Construction: Thomas Bradley, Wim Muyllaert  

Created with and performed by: Eglantine Bart, Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Gilad Jerusalmy, Péter Juhász, Michael Loehr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Rindra Rasoaveloson, Ichiro Sugae, Karolina Szymura, Sara Wilhelmsson, Jin Young Won, Ashley Wright.

Production: Emanuel Gat Dance, Marjorie Carré, Mélanie Bichot

International representation : DLB Performing Arts, Thierry Bévière

Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse 2020, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Arsenal Cité Musicale – Metz, Theater Freiburg, with the support of Romaeuropa Festival. Emanuel Gat Dance acknowledges the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and DRAC Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Région Sud – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du- Rhône. LOVETRAIN2020 receives the support of Institut Français for its international tours in 2022. Created at Agora – cité internationale de la danse in Montpellier. 


Emanuel Gat was born in Israel in 1969.  

His first encounter with dance was at the age of 23 during a workshop led by Israeli choreographer Nir Ben Gal. Few months later he joined the Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company with whom he toured internationally. He started working as an independent choreographer in 1994.  


In the next ten years, Emanuel participated as a choreographer in multiple projects, including Al-kuds (1996- 1998) in collaboration with the musician and author Mariano Weinstein; Good Year, a piece for nine dancers commissioned by the Kibbutz Dance Company on an original music piece written by himself, as well as Two Stupid Dogs (2002), a piece for five dancers accompanied by the Arab rap group MWR, a commission of Israël / Jésuralem Festival.  

In 2004, he founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance, before choosing to settle in France at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres, in 2007.  

With his independent company Emanuel Gat Dance, he created several pieces that met international success. Winter Voyage and The Rite of Spring, created in 2004 at Festival d’Uzès, were represented more than 350 times all over the world. Emanuel then composed a piece for eight dancers on the Requiem de Mozart: K626, created in 2006 at Festival de Marseille. 

The next year, Emanuel choreographed 3for2007, a program composed of three pieces: My Favorite Things, a solo interpreted by Emanuel on music by John Coltrane; Petit torn de dança, a duet on French medieval music, and Through the Center, a piece for eight dancers on electronic music by Squarepusher. 

Silent Ballet, a piece in silence for eight dancers, was the first created in France and presented in Festival Montpellier Danse in 2008. A year later, Emanuel came back on stage with his fetish interpreter, Roy Assaf, to create the duet Winter Variations. In 2011, he created once again a group piece, Brilliant Corners, for ten dancers, for which he created the soundtrack as well. 

Emanuel Gat became associated artist of the 33rd edition of Festival Montpellier Danse in 2013. With his company, he developed the project Up Close Up, proposing two creations: The Goldlandbergs and Corner Etudes; a photographic installation “It’s people, how abstract can it get?;” and a choreographic event, Danses de Cour. The next year, Emanuel reinvested the Agora with Plage Romantique, a piece for nine dancers. 

In 2016, after three editions in association with Festival Montpellier Danse, Emanuel created SUNNY, a piece for ten interpreters and the musician Awir Léon live on stage. In parallel, he worked with young dancers from the region in the professionalization program Le Rouge et le Noir, presented during the festival in different public spaces. 

In 2017, Emanuel presented his second project as part of his residency at Montpellier Danse, which included two productions: a unique collaboration with the Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon, TENWORKS (for Jean-Paul), a program of ten short pieces mixing dancers from both companies; and DUOS, a series of duets presented at different public locations around the city of Montpellier. 

In 2018, Emanuel collaborated with the prestigious Ensemble Modern and created Story Water at the Cour d’Honneur during Festival d’Avignon. Gathering 12 dancers, 13 musicians and a conductor, Story Water examines the space between dance and music, with Dérives 2 by Pierre Boulez for the first time in the choreographic field. The score is also composed ofFury II” by Rebecca Saunders and “FolkDance,” co-composed by the Ensemble’s musicians and Emanuel Gat. 

From the season 2018-19, Emanuel Gat is associated choreographer at the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris, for three years. 

Emanuel Gat is regularly invited by companies and structures for which he creates or transmits pieces. He worked for the first time with Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris in 2009, for which he created the piece Hark!. In France, he also choreographed pieces for Ballet du Rhin (Observation Action in 2010), the Ballet National de Marseille (Organizing Demons in 2012), the Ballet de Lorraine (Transposition #1 and Transposition #2 in 2013) and the Opéra de Lyon (Sunshine in 2014). 

He is also a guest choreographer for prestigious international companies. In 2010, he created Satisfying Musical Moments for the Sydney Dance Company, The Revised and Updated Bremen Structures for the Tanztheater Bremen and In Translation for the Candoco Dance Company (a company including dancers with disabilities), Préludes et Fugues for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève in 2011, Morgan’s Last Chug for the Los Angeles Dance Project at the invitation of Benjamin Millepied, Time Themes for Royal Swedish Ballet in 2013, Ida? for Cedar Lake (NY) in 2014, and LOCK for Vancouver’s Ballet British Columbia in 2017, among others. 

“With its baroque costumes, its 80s soundtrack and a company happy to be back on stage, LOVETRAIN2020 celebrates the pleasure of being connected through dance.”

Arte Journal

The presentation of LOVETRAIN2020 by Emanuel Gat Dance is made possible with the support of FUSED (French US Exchange in Dance), a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from The Ford Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.

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