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(Sahar Azimi in Come Feel. Photo by Gadi Dagon.)
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In a festival with more than fifteen concerts – each of which features multiple works – dances are bound to blend into one another. But when a work stands out in this context, you know it’s the real deal. That’s what happened again and again with Sahar Azimi’s choreography at Machol Bamidbar (Dance in the Desert) in June 2008. From the first duet I saw to the gasp-inducing solo for a woman from Bo Targish (Come Feel), and then to the poetic group piece Ze, Sahar’s artistic voice captured my attention and remained in my mind long after the festival was over.
Join us as we talk about Sahar’s early career as a dancer with some of Israel’s most famed companies, his more recent choreography, and the larger field of Israeli contemporary dance.
See below for more photographs from Bo Targish (Come Feel).