Rina Schenfeld in her new work, Angels. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
This article is a guest post by Gdalit Neuman. Enjoy!
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By Gdalit Neuman
Tel Aviv native Rina Schenfeld is one of Israel’s most celebrated artists. After studying at the world famous Julliard School in New York in her early twenties, Rina returned home and became a founding member and principal dancer of the Batsheva Dance Company from 1963-1979. There she danced historic roles in works by none other than Martha Graham, Glenn Tetley, and John Cranko, to great acclaim.
After leaving Batsheva, Schenfeld embarked on a highly successful international career as principal dancer and choreographer of her own company, Rina Schenfeld Dance Theatre, which is based in Tel Aviv. She is the recipient of countless distinguished international awards and in 1997 was honored with the Na’amat lifetime achievement award in the realm of dance. The New York Times hailed Schenfeld as “one of the most important artists of our generation.”
Now Rina Schenfeld has done it again. After the tremendous success of her last work Dance Me to the End of Love (ריקדי לקצה האהבה), she will present her latest full length evening entitled Angels (מה לך מלאך?) at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv on June 23rd. Angels is a journey into this first lady of dance’s wild and wonderful imagination. Using songs by Laurie Anderson as inspiration, Schenfeld paints a colorful canvas of images, movement, sound and screen that tempt the pallet and are sure to satisfy. Images of suspended angels, darkness and light, the Garden of Eden, and past and present speckle the stage.