It’s time for an annual ritual in the world of Israeli concert dance: International Exposure. From December 5-10, arts presenters and journalists from around the globe will view a substantial amount of the dance productions created in Israel over the last year. This is International Exposure 2012 by the numbers: in its 18th year, the 6-day festival will showcase 39 choreographers in 27 performances for over 100 guests from abroad.
Beyond these impressive numbers, several Israeli choreographers are marking major milestones at this event. Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al are celebrating 20 years of their Vertigo Dance Company, Rina Schenfeld is celebrating half a century of creativity, and Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar – who in recent seasons created repertory for Batsheva Dance Company and major international companies – are introducing their new troupe, L-E-V, to the world.
Below is a schedule of International Exposure 2012. While there are also private studio showings in addition to these listings, most of the performances mentioned are open to the public, with tickets available at the Suzanne Dellal Centre and Tmuna Theater’s box offices (Suzanne Dellal: 03-5105656; Tmuna: 03-5611211). And if you’re not in Israel, you can still get a glimpse of the International Exposure lineup by viewing the video trailers.
Wednesday, December 5
After an opening celebration, guests of International Exposure will enjoy a program celebrating Vertigo Dance Company’s 20th anniversary in Suzanne Dellal’s main theater at 20:00. The first evening will be capped off at 22:00 with Shelly Alalouf’s Megida in Yerushalmi Hall.
Thursday, December 6
The second day of International Exposure starts at 10:00 at Suzanne Dellal with the Be’ersheva-based Kamea Dance Company in Status, choreographed by artistic director Tamir Ginz.
Video: Kamea Dance Company in Tamir Ginz’s Status
Guests will then travel across Tel Aviv to Tmuna Theatre for the afternoon. The programming begins at noon with Dafi Altabeb’s Sensitivity to Heat.
Video: Dafi Dance Group in Dafi Altabeb’s Sensitivity to Heat
After a short lecture about Israeli dance by dance scholar Gaby Aldor, the afternoon continues with a mixed bill including excerpts from Renana Raz’s YouMake, Remake series, Michael Getman’s Face to Face, and Idan Cohen’s 3 pieced swan, op. 1.
Video: Renana Raz introduces YouMake Remake
Video: Michael Getman’s Face to Face
Video: Idan Cohen’s 3 pieced swan, op. 1
Back at Suzanne Dellal, Tamar Borer presents BOHU, a collaboration with Tamar Lamm, in the Yerushalmi Hall at 17:00.
Video: Tamar Borer’s BOHU
In Suzanne Dellal’s main theater, the Orly Portal Dance Company will perform Portal’s Rabia at 19:00. Then Vertigo Dance Company will offer artistic director Noa Wertheim’s Birth of the Phoenix outside on the theater’s plaza.
Video: Vertigo Dance Company in Noa Wertheim’s Birth of the Phoenix
The second day closes with Yossi Berg and Oded Graf’s Black Fairytale at 22:30 in the main theater.
Video: Yossi Berg and Oded Graf’s Black Fairytale
Friday, December 7
Friday kicks off at 10:00 with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company performing artistic director Rami Be’er’s If At All in the Suzanne Dellal Hall.
Video: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Rami Be’er’s If At All
After meeting Rina Schenfeld, who is currently celebrating 50 years of achievement in dance with photography and video exhibition, guests will continue to the intimate Inbal Theatre for C.A.T.A.M.O.N.’s performance of Elad Shachter’s Trilogy.
Video: C.A.T.A.M.O.N. in Elad Shechter’s Trilogy
At Tmuna Theatre at 14:00, Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor present their reconstruction of Two Room Apartment, originally choreographed by Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror in 1987.
Video: Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor in their reconstruction of Two Room Apartment
Returning to Suzanne Dellal, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar unveil their new company – L.E.V. Live Entertainment Vultures – in House. A shorter version of House was premiered in December 2011 by Batsheva Dance Company.
Video: Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar present L-E-V in House
In the Inbal Theatre at 19:00, the Moving Hold Group presents Year of the Hare, with choreography by Efrat Rubin and animation by Osi Wald. The program also features Ella Ben-Aharon and Edo Ceder’s Pericardium.
Video: Moving Hold Group in Year of the Hare
Video: Ella Ben-Aharon and Edo Ceder’s Pericardium
Studio Varda will host a showing of Land Research by Arkadi Zaides and his collaborators.
Video: Land Research by Arkadi Zaides and collaborators
At 22:00 in Suzanne Dellal Hall, the Holon-based Fresco Dance Group will perform artistic director Yoram Karmi’s Cerebrus.
Video: Fresco Dance Company in Yoram Karmi’s Cerebrus
Finally, at 23:00, guests will be able to screen the new film Let’s Dance in Yerushalmi Hall.
Saturday, December 8
The morning begins at Suzanne Dellal with mixed bills featuring selected works from the annual Curtain Up festival. The first program at 10:00 includes Dana Ruttenberg’s Armed, Eldad Ben Sasson’s Strange Attractor, and Noa Shadur’s We do not torture people.
Video: Dana Ruttenberg’s Armed
Video: Noa Shadur’s We do not torture people
The second program includes two works from Curtain Up – Gili Navot’s May Contain Nuts and Roy Assaf’s The Hill – along with Talia Paz and Mike Winter’s performance of Nigel Charnock’s Haunted by the Future.
Video: Gili Navot’s May Contain Nuts
Video: Roy Assaf’s The Hill
Video: Talia Paz and Mike Winter in Nigel Charnock’s Haunted by the Future
Next, FENIX Dance Company and the National Youth Theater present Offer Zaks and Marria Barrios’s Anne Frank in the Inbal Theatre at 15:00.
Video: FENIX Dance Company in Maria Barrios and Offer Zaks’s Anne Frank
The Jerusalem-based Kolben Dance Company performs Amir Kolben’s Kmehin at 17:00 in Suzanne Dellal Hall.
Video: Kolben Dance Company in Amir Kolben’s Kmehin
Some guests will travel to Yasmeen Godder’s studio in Jaffa to view a work in progress by the choreographer. Then the festival continues at Inbal Theatre at 20:00 with Rotem Tashach’s Paved Life.
Video: Rotem Tashach’s Paved Life
Rounding out Saturday’s programming at the Suzanne Dellal Hall at 22:00 is Maria Kong Dancers Company in Talia Landa’s Open Source.
Video: Maria Kong Dancers Company in Talia Landa’s Open Source
Sunday, December 9
Some guests will tour Jerusalem during the day. In the evening, the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company presents Goldfish at the Yerushalmi Hall at 19:00.
Video: Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company in Goldfish
After a farewell reception, the festival closes at Suzanne Dellal at 21:00 with the Batsheva Ensemble in Ohad Naharin’s Deca Dance.
Video: Batsheva Ensemble in Ohad Naharin’s Deca Dance
Monday, December 10
While the festivities in Tel Aviv are over, some guests will travel to Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror’s Hangar Adama in Mizpe Ramon. There, they will see selections from the Other Dance Project, a festival for young choreographers produced by the Suzanne Dellal Centre this past summer. The program will include Tvika Izikias and Shiri Kapueno Kvanz’s Tarab, Hanania Szwarts’s No flesh will dwell, Nadav Tzelner’s Anything goes, and Dorit Guy and Zeev Yelinik’s Pic@move. The Nir Ben Gal and Liat Dror Dance Company will also present Up Chi Down Chi.
Video: Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal Dance Company in Up Chi Down Chi