In June, a wave of contemporary dance from Israel is coming to New York as part of the annual La MaMa Moves Festival – and at the end of January, a gala evening offers a preview.
While Idan Cohen’s “Swan Lake” abandons the fairy-tale narrative of earlier productions, his innovative adaptation goes straight to the core of the original story for inspiration.
Sheetal Gandhi watched attentively as three pairs of her students transformed the material she had taught into duets. The dancers chatted with each other in Hebrew, occasionally asking their teacher questions in English. Yet there were other unfamiliar sounds peppering their speech: bols, syllables from an Indian drum and dance language.
While the Karmiel Festival includes all sorts of dance done in Israel – including contemporary, jazz, and ballroom – it’s Israeli folk dance which forms the core of the country’s largest dance festival.
Even the numbers of the Suzanne Dellal Center’s SummerDance Festival are impressive: eight weeks of concerts, 76 performances, 11 premieres and one group of special guests from abroad.