Nir Ben-Gal of Adama Gives an Inspiring Interview

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Deborah Friedes Galili

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Nir Ben-Gal and Liat Dror in Two Room Apartment. Courtesy Nir Ben-Gal and Liat Dror.

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I still remember my visit to Adama in April 2008 quite vividly.  After soaking in some of the calm of the dance center’s desert surroundings, I switched gears and entered a whirlwind of activity: taking class with Liat Dror, interviewing her, observing more goings-on, and improvising in an evening jam.  As if the day wasn’t stimulating enough, I then sat down with Nir Ben-Gal for another interview.

When I turned off the digital voice recorder that evening at midnight, I offered Nir a heartfelt thanks for speaking with me.  Not only had he been generous with his time and energy – we started the interview late at night, after he had led the warm-up for Adama’s spirited jam – but he was extraordinarily generous with his thoughts and his passion.  Besides talking about his pathway into dance, his creative process, and the workings of Adama, Nir shared his outlook on dance, religion, culture, healing, and non-violence.  It was an inspiring conversation that continues to surface in my thoughts even outside of my research. May you be similarly moved!

 

Video: Adama in Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal’s Airfield

Interested in visiting Adama?  Adama is hosting a Magic Summer Night from July 16-17, which includes a performance of the company’s latest work.

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*This post was made possible thanks to a Fulbright student grant funded by the U.S.-Israel Educational Foundation and hosted by the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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