Dana Ruttenberg’s Private I’s premieres in Curtain 3. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
In its 21-year history, Curtain Up – Israel’s primary platform for premieres by independent Israeli choreographers – has cycled through a series of artistic directors and experimented with different formats. To celebrate two decades of the festival’s existence in 2009, six alumni of Curtain Up created new works and selected up-and-coming choreographers to share their evenings. Now, in a development of last year’s innovative programming, this year’s artistic directors are four artists who have previously shown their work in Curtain Up: Tamar Borer, Ronit Ziv, Renana Raz, and Sahar Azimi. Each veteran choreographer is overseeing an evening-long program of new works by emerging choreographers, providing a valuable outside eye for the creators on his or her bill. With this setup, Curtain Up has added a layer of artistic support to the financial assistance that has long been a major benefit of participation in the festival.
Iris Erez’s Homesick is featured in Curtain 1. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
This year’s line-up of choreographers includes some faces familiar to Curtain Up audiences. Iris Erez was featured last year on Yasmeen Godder’s curtain, Elad Schechter shared the stage in 2009 with Vertigo Dance Company, and Maya Brinner showed her work on Noa Dar’s 2009 program; meanwhile, Michael Getman presented his work in previous seasons of Curtain Up. Other artists in this year’s festival have shown their recent works in Tmuna Theater’s annual Intimadance and in Shades of Dance, a biennial platform for new choreographers that often serves as a stepping stone to Curtain Up.
Shlomi Frige’s Rashomon premieres in Curtain 4. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Besides the four programs, this year’s Curtain Up includes an array of events that encourage interaction between the artists and the wider public. Conversations with the artistic directors and choreographers will precede some of the performances, and a series of workshops will be held in conjunction with the Amuta (the Choreographer’s Society). The culminating event of Curtain Up 2010 is a landmark symposium geared to spark conversation about dance and the body. Organized by Yael Nativ, this symposium will be held on Friday, December 3 in Jaffa at the Teiva, 19 Sderot Yerushalayim, from 9:00 until 1:30 in the afternoon. The first session will contain more academic discussions of selected topics, and the second session will feature four dialogues between dance scholars and each of the artistic directors of this year’s Curtain Up festival. Admission is free to the public.
Rotem Tashach’s Monuments is featured in Curtain 2. Photo by Gadi Dagon.
Dance lovers in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem can catch the four curtains in late November and early December at bargain prices – tickets are a mere 60 NIS. The Curtain Up programs will tour later this season to other areas around Israel, including Kfar Blum and potentially Dimona. And if you’re not in Israel – or if you just want a sneak peek at what you’ll see onstage soon – check out the video preview of each curtain below!
Directed by Tamar Borer, Curtain 1 features works by Iris Erez and Michael Getman.
Suzanne Dellal: November 25 and December 3
Jerusalem Theatre: December 2
Video: Iris Erez’s Homesick
Video: Michael Getman’s Father and Feather
Ronit Ziv served as the artistic director for Curtain 2, which includes works by Tammy and Ronen Itzhaki, Rotem Tashach, and Ofra Idel.
Suzanne Dellal: November 24 and December 2
Jerusalem Theatre: December 1
Video: Ofra Idel’s Horse Tail
Video: Tammy and Ronen Itzhaki’s Have You Done
Video: Rotem Tashach’s Monuments
Under the artistic direction of Renana Raz, Curtain 3 features the work of three female choreographers: Gili Navot-Friedman, Maya Brinner, and Dana Ruttenberg.
Suzanne Dellal: November 27 and December 1
Jerusalem Theatre: November 29
Video: Maya Brinner’s The Show
Video: Dana Ruttenberg’s Private I’s
Video: Gili Navot-Friedman’s Check-in
Three male choreographers – Ariel Cohen, Elad Schechter, and Shlomi Frige – will show their work in Curtain 4, under the artistic direction of Sahar Azimi.
Suzanne Dellal: November 26 and December 4
Jerusalem Theatre: November 30
Video: Elad Schechter’s Funis
Video: Ariel Cohen’s The Battle for the 21st Century’s Love
Video: Shlomi Frige’s Rashomon
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