Deborah Friedes stretching on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.
My very first post on my very first blog was titled, “Some context, or why I am traveling halfway around the world for a year.” I was about to leave the U.S. for Israel, where I would be researching Israeli contemporary dance on a Fulbright grant. Little did I know that I would travel halfway around the world and stay there. After seeing the vibrancy of dance in Israel, I realized I could research the subject for years to come, and so in the fall of 2008, I undertook a major move to pursue my passion: I made aliyah and moved to Israel.
Every week, on DanceInIsrael.com, I will publish written posts, photo journals, and audio podcasts. My content will reflect the range and vitality of the concert dance scene in Israel. Beside publishing fresh content, I will also re-publish material from my Fulbright year; some of this was initially posted on The Winger, Israel Seen, and my own blog. For those of you who have followed my writing on other websites during the past year, you’ll be happy to know that I will preface my older posts with brief musings and my current perspective on the subject.
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And now, on to the blog! Before we plunge into the heart of the subject, let us start together at a jumping-off point: the seeds of my research. Below is my first post from my original blog, published on my professional website on September 18, 2007.