The sea was stormy today as I walked along the seashore to get to the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center from Jaffa where I’m staying. It’s the first full day of the extraordinary International Dance Exposure, in its 19th year of bringing dance presenters, producers, performers too from all over the world to see Israeli dance. I wondered what kind of dance gales or becalmed ideas would I see?
According to last night’s audience barometer the dance that swept everyone off their feet was Hillel Kogan’s We Love Arabs. In reality John Kerry has traveled again from DC to Tel Aviv for negotiations, but we heard a different kind of story told with spoken text. “I’m not really into text,” said Hillel chatting non-stop as the audience roared, hardly interrupting his musings about how he feels certain parts of the space reject him as he works, about how hard it is to occupy one’s space and keep one’s identity….the dance duet played out with humor for the wrong assumptions we make, for the naïveté of politics, for what a choreographer takes and demands from the dancer — is there a metaphor here? Two of the funniest images? Hillel says there should be outside symbols of who was the Arab and who the Jew and gives his young charge a black pen. The obvious Magen David symbol with its two interlocking triangles is drawn on Hillel’s blue t-shirt. But where to put a symbol on the young Arab dancer’s black shirt? Hillel goes for his forehead and the Arab dancer asks, “What did you draw?” Hillel holds up his fingers in a half moon shape, “You know, the ummmm, the crescent…” “Yes but I’m a Christian.” The audience roared at the confusion. Text and dance interlocked as the two flipped into and sashayed out of each other’s supposed sides. A bowl of hummus appeared and Hillel slathered their faces with it, beard and all, since it’s something in common both cultures love. Then he hopped off the stage and sardonically passed out pita with hummus to the audience members sitting down in front.
Hillel Kogan’s We Love Arabs. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
All 135 guests from 28 countries plus 8 cultural attaches and perhaps some of the diplomats who attended the opening of International Exposure were bused to a new performing space in the old Jaffa fishing port the first afternoon. We saw seven different choreographers’ works before busing back to the dance center. Clearly the International Exposure is one of the reasons for the interest in Israeli dance all over the world — I have spoken to presenters from Senegal, Russia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Germany and that dance country known as New York, plus words of Korean, Swedish, Chinese, Italian and many others swirl around as we wait to get into studios and theatres big and small.
This doesn’t count all that we might see today and tomorrow… Countless rules and expectations are upended in this Festival as the storm of dance pours over us.
Judith Brin Ingber lives in Minnesota but returns often to Israel to teach dance history and to catch up on dance performances. She lived in Israel from 1972-1977 teaching apprentices for the Bat Dor and Batsheva Dance Companies. She also choreographed a program for young audiences for Batsheva, assisted Sara Levi-Tanai at Inbal Dance Theater, and co-founded the first dance magazine with Giora Manor called The Israel Dance Annual. Her recent book, Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, was published by Wayne State University Press.
Posted on 04 December 2012 by Deborah Friedes Galili
Yossi Berg and Oded Graf’s Black Fairytale. Photo by Sharlota Hammer.
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: 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 Housewas 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 [email protected]. 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
Posted on 28 November 2011 by Deborah Friedes Galili
Renana Raz’s The Diplomats. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
As 2011 draws to a close, it’s natural to reflect on the year that has passed – and for those of us who follow Israeli contemporary dance, International Exposure offers the perfect opportunity for reflecting on the works created here in the last twelve months. From November 30-December 4, International Exposure 2011 will present much of the past year’s bounty to an audience of presenters and journalists from around the globe. Most of the festival focuses on Israeli contemporary dance, but a few other genres including flamenco and belly dance will also be represented.
While the festival will include a number of studio showings just for guests of International Exposure, a number of programs have tickets available for purchase through the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s box office (03-5105656). Here’s a video preview of the festival, with an emphasis on the shows that are open to the public.
Wednesday, November 30
After finishing registration, guests of International Exposure will be treated to a performance by Orly Portal and the Andalusian Orchestra in Studio Varda. At 8:00 p.m. in the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s main theater, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak will offer their brand new work, Bombyx Mori. The first night will finish in Yerushalmi Hall with Maria Kong Dancers Company in a program called Kong’s Night, featuring works by Leo Lerus, Anderson Braz, and Artour Astman.
Video: Maria Kong, trailer for Kong’s Night
Thursday, December 1
The second day of International Exposure starts with a performance of Yoram Karmi’s Jungle Book by Fresco Dance Group at the Holon Theater, followed by the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s performance of Rami Be’er’s Ben Kodesh Le’Hol at Suzanne Dellal at noon.
Video: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Yoni Soutchy’s Ben, one of two winners in the biennial Shades of Dance competition, will be performed along with Anat Grigorio’s Eternal Mission in the more intimate Yerushalmi Hall at 2:00 p.m.
Video: Yoni Soutchy’s Ben
Some guests will head to Tamar Borer’s studio for a showing of her work, YAMUNA.
Video: Tamar Borer’s YAMUNA
Everyone will reconvene at 6:00 p.m. in the main theater at Suzanne Dellal for Roy Assaf’s 6 Years Later and Noa Zuk’s Speaker, two dances from this year’s Curtain Up.
Video: Roy Assaf’s 6 Years Later . . .
Video: Noa Zuk’s Speaker
A mixed bill in the main theater at 9:00 p.m. will include Dafi Altabeb’s High Expectations, Dana Ruttenberg’s Poly, and Rachel Erdos’s Why We Tell.
Video: Dafi Altabeb’s High Expectations
Sahar Azimi and Tamara Erde’s Cell in a Human Scale will be presented in Studio Varda at 10:30 p.m.
Video: Sahar Azimi and Tamara Erde’s Cell in a Human Scale
Friday, December 2
The third day of the festival begins at 10:00 a.m. at Suzanne Dellal with Vertigo Dance Company in Noa Wertheim‘s Null.
Video: Vertigo Dance Company in Noa Wertheim’s Null
Yasmeen Godder will present Storm End Come at the Nahmani Theater at 1:00 p.m.
Yasmeen Godder’s Storm End Come. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Back at Suzanne Dellal at 4:30 p.m., Ido Tadmor offers Three Rooms. And after a Shabbat reception, Suzanne Dellal will show its latest production: a mixed bill featuring Renana Raz‘s The Diplomats and Barak Marshall‘s Wonderland.
Video: Renana Raz’s The Diplomats
Video: Barak Marshall’s Wonderland
Saturday, December 3
Saturday kicks off at 10:00 a.m. in Suzanne Dellal with COMPAS Dance Company, a flamenco troupe, in Pavo Real.
Video: Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor’s Ship of Fools
Across the courtyard in Yerushalmi Hall, Ronit Ziv offers With Subtitles at 2:00 p.m.
Video: Ronit Ziv’s With Subtitles
At 3:30 p.m., the main theater will feature a mixed bill with Idan Cohen’s Mad Siren, Lee Meir’s Translation Included (one of the winners of the Shades of Dance competition), and the Be’ersheva-based Kamea Dance Company in Uri Ivgi’s Four Legs.
Video: Idan Cohen’s Mad Siren
Video: Lee Meir’s Translation Included
Over in the Inbal Theater at 18:00, Tami Dance Company will perform La by Nimrod Freed with Israel Brait. This work premiered during the Israel Festival in Jerusalem.
Video: Nimrod Freed’s Tami Dance Company in La
Idan Sharabi’s Rak Tamid will be performed in Studio Varda at 8:00 p.m.
Video: Idan Sharabi’s Rak Tamid
Saturday’s programming will end with the Jerusalem-based Kolben Dance Company in Amir Kolben’s Babel in the main theater at 10:00 p.m.
Video: Amir Kolben’s Babel
Sunday, December 4
After a tour to Jerusalem, International Exposure 2011 will come to a close in Suzanne Dellal’s main theater with a 9:00 p.m. performance of Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin’s Sadeh21, which premiered in the Israel Festival.
Video: Batsheva Dance Company in Ohad Naharin’s Sadeh 21
Posted on 05 December 2010 by Deborah Friedes Galili
Nir Ben-Gal and Liat Dror’s Terminal B. Photo by Naama Nada.
Even though December has started and the shelves of Tel Aviv’s bakeries are lined with sufganiot, the jelly donuts traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, many of Tel Aviv’s residents are still walking around in tank tops and sandals. Unusually hot days and sunny skies have made it easy for the masses to pretend that summer never ended. But for those of us who follow the dance field, there is no denying that the calendar year is coming to a close. The tip-off is in the posters and fliers on display at Suzanne Dellal as well as the press releases and invitations received via e-mail, all announcing the arrival of the annual showcase of Israeli dance: International Exposure.
Nimrod Freed’s Flash. Photo by Itamar Freed.
The exact shape and scope of International Exposure have shifted since its first incarnation sixteen years ago. For many years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it operated in conjunction with Curtain Up, the country’s premiere platform for new works by independent choreographers. The festival has stretched over a varying number of days and welcomed crowds both intimate and large. But throughout, the goal has remained the same: to display the wealth of works premiered over the past year to foreign arts presenters, dignitaries, and journalists in the hopes of sending Israeli dance around the world.
Orly Portal’s Gnawia
International Exposure 2010 will run from Wednesday, December 8 through Sunday, December 12, and the schedule features an enticing array of established companies and independent choreographers. Most of the programs will take place at the Suzanne Dellal Centre, but a number of concerts and informal showings will take place at other performance venues and studios. And while some of the events are offered only to the festival’s guests, many of the shows are open to the public. Below is a guide to the events that are accessible to local dance lovers (and a sneak peek at International Exposure for those of you who are not in town). All shows are at Suzanne Dellal unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, December 8
Video: Ohad Naharin’s Kyr/Zina
International Exposure starts out with the Batsheva Ensemble, the Batsheva Dance Company’s junior division, performing Ohad Naharin’s Kyr/Zinaat 20:00.
Thursday, December 9
Rami Be’er’s Transform. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
International Exposure’s first full day kicks off at 11:00 with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Rami Be’er’s new Transform, which premiered during the international Tel Aviv Dance festival this past fall.
Curtain Up 2010 will be represented by three separate bills shown at 16:00, 19:00, and 22:30.
Video: Tamar Borer and Tamara Erde’s Ana
Thursday’s offerings also include a performance of Tamar Borer and Tamara Erde’s latest collaboration, Ana, at 20:30.
Friday, December 10
Friday’s programming includes a fair amount of moving about to different theaters in the area.
Video: The Project in Jacopo Godani’sLight Years.
At 14:00, The Project – a joint initiative by the Suzanne Dellal Centre and the Israeli Opera – will present a mixed bill at the Opera House in the heart of Tel Aviv. The program includes Emanuel Gat’s Through the Center, Jacopo Godani’s Light Years, and Marco Goeke’s Supernova.
Video: Vertigo in Mana
Vertigo Dance Company presents a hit from last year, Mana, at the Givatayim Theater at 17:00. Choreographed by Noa Wertheim, Mana premiered during the twentieth anniversary of the Curtain Up festival.
Video: Maria Kong in Miss Brazil
Maria Kong reprises its program from the Tel Aviv Dance festival, Miss Brazil, at 21:00 at Suzanne Dellal. The company’s four founders – Anderson Braz, Talia Landa, Leo Lerus, and Ya’ara Moses – collaborated on the first half of the bill, Miss, while guest choreographer Idan Cohen contributed the second half, Brazil.
Saturday, December 11
Saturday is primarily a day of mixed bills, titled Exposures, that feature both shorter dances in their entirety alongside excerpts from full-evening works.
Video: Yoram Karmi’s Particle Accelerator
Exposure 1, at 11:00, features Fresco Dance Group in an excerpt from the evening-length Particle Accelerator. The bill is rounded out by Rachel Erdos’s OU’.
Video: Rachel Erdos’s OU’
Odelya Kuperberg’s Tzitzushka.
At 13:00, Exposure 2 will include Odelya Kuperberg’s Tzitzushka and a new work from Idan Sharabi.
Posted on 29 January 2010 by Deborah Friedes Galili
Video: Vertigo in Noa Wertheim’s Mana
Another guest at International Exposure 2009, Talia Baruch, covers the San Francisco-area dance scene for her blog GoSee– Dance. She wrote some reviews of dances she saw here in Israel in December for her website and is generously sharing them here on Dance In Israel.
Talia’s second guest article is about Noa Wertheim’s Mana, which premiered as part of Curtain Up’s 20th anniversary and was a hit with the audience at International Exposure. Read on to hear Talia’s take on this captivating work.
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International Exposure 2009—Suzanne Dellal Dance Center | Vertigo Dance Company
By Talia Baruch
MANA Vessel of Light
Choreography & Artistic Director: Noa Wertheim | Co-Artistic Director: Adi Sha’al | Music: Ran Bagno | Percussion: Dani Makov | Stage & Costume Design: Rakefet Levy | Lighting Design: Dani Fishof | Still photography: Gadi Dagon | Review & Copywriting: Talia Baruch
Mana dances the tension between container and contained, exterior and interior, whole and hollow.
And what is installed first, vessel or light? Does the Sun rise to fill in the absence of Moonlight, or rather is it the lack of Moonlight that creates the inspiration of its vessel, container of light? (Based on the Zohar)
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
This timeless tale follows the flow in black and white, with few specks of ruddy-warm. The bewitching-dark night stands in still, mystical contrast to the milky-white house, symmetrically centered in its simple stable form on stage.
Geometric shapes will now act out the dialogue between feminine and masculine, draw the drama between the forces of life that forever struggle to compliment each other:
Feminine: circular, soft black balloon, hanging like a full moon, up above the house
Feminine: curve and crave in sensual, spiral hip-stirred movements
Masculine: stride, high-strung, across the stage in “connect-the-dot”-like linear routes
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Both forces aspire to escape the hollow and reach the whole in this quest to be holistically contained and content. The visual image interlaced throughout the show is of a black balloon attached to a dancer, pulling her up, tall, stretching out for perfection, her white legs long and strong, trotting like a royal horse in a parade.
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
At first glance, the fully dressed, almost orthodox, costumes communicate a puritan, reserved modesty. But quite quickly, a bare foot peeking under heavy garment, an escaping white shoulder, a curving contour, a tight waistline, a hip, lend to a sensual, lustful, communication. The free-fall back bends and suicidal leaps shatter the quiet, restrained recital.
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
The music drapes the dancers like a fitted gown, in sync, in tune. I play the soundtrack CD over and over and give in to the lyric mood quietly setting in. Ran Bagno, who has been working hand in hand with Vertigo’s mom and pap (Noa and Adi), wrote the score and played all the instruments, except for percussion, tapped by Dani Makov. I sit with Bagno over cappuccino on a sunny winter day in down town Tel Aviv and ask him about the creative process of piecing music for this show. “Unlike some other dances, Mana isn’t a collage of fragmented scenes,” he says, “rather, it’s composed as a single, comprehensive piece. When Noa came out with the idea of a ‘vessel holding light’ I struggled to find just the right musical instrument to fit in…until I stumbled over my kid’s old, abandoned guitar. Something about its virgin, broken, acoustic sound was perfect for infusing the muse.”
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Watching the fluid flow of movement on stage, I’m reminded of Alexander Calder’s art — capturing compound sketches in one single line stroke. The expression captured in Mana carries the visual aesthetics of calligraphy: fine brush, dipped in black ink, forms a black blotch over snow white paper. Then, in a single skilled hand, it drifts, pulling up tall, lying low, and spiraling all the way through.
Noa Wertheim’s Mana. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Vertigo Dance Company founded the pea-green Eco Art Village, where they live and create in a little utopian planet of clean air and fresh manure: http://www.eco-artvillage.org/index_eng.asp. This might explain why their work is genuinely untainted, raw and earthly.
Talia Baruch is a writer and translator covering the dance/theater scene in San Francisco, where she has been living for the past 11 years. She is the founder of Copyous, providing creative copywriting and Localization Strategies. The ingredients that shaped her life are the explosive dance scene in urban Tel Aviv, where she grew up, the pea-green English country side, where she inhaled a handsome amount of fresh-manure & horseback-countered through endless woods, and the 24/7 Localization/Internationalization business bustle, that put perspective to it all.www.copyous.com