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Tel Aviv’s 100th + Suzanne Dellal’s 20th = The Big Stage

Posted on 13 May 2009 by Deborah Friedes Galili

The Big Stage at Suzanne Dellal

Photo of the Big Stage by Ariel Besor.

Something big is about to happen.  It’s the biggest cultural draw in town from May 14 until June 6th.  And fittingly, it’s titled Habama Hagdola: The Big Stage.

This isn’t the first time that the plaza of the Suzanne Dellal Center has been turned into a massive, open air theater.  The pictures in this post show a previous transformation from a few years ago.  But this time around, the construction of the Big Stage is marking something truly huge: the 100th anniversary of Tel Aviv and the 20th anniversary of the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel’s premiere center for dance.

To celebrate both of these occasions, the Big Stage (sometimes translated as the Great Stage) will present some of Israel’s top dance companies and musical groups as well as world-renowned troupes from abroad.  The opening night combines both art forms in a special performance by Balkan Beat Box, with excerpts from Barak Marshall’s “Monger” that are set to music by the popular Israeli band.  As part of the festivities, Yair Vardi, Suzanne Dellal’s director, will receive an award from the Foreign Ministry for his contribution to the field of Israeli dance.

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A Glimpse into the Gaga Workshop

Posted on 07 April 2009 by deborah friedes


Gaga Intensive. Photo by Gadi Dagon.

Nearly every time I have written about Gaga, I have received inquiries from readers about opportunities to study Ohad Naharin’s movement language.   Several people have wondered about attending a Gaga intensive, and now I’m happy to announce that there will indeed be a workshop in Tel Aviv from July 19th-31st, 2009.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

Although I spent most of the summer of 2008 in the U.S., I visited the Gaga workshop for a day and joined participants in their classes.  To get a sense of what might be in store for this year’s Gaga intensive, check out my reflection on last year’s experience, posted below.  My article was originally written for The Winger on July 30, 2008.

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In between packing and tying up various loose ends in Tel Aviv a few weeks ago, I swung by the Suzanne Dellal Center to check out Batsheva’s Gaga intensive workshop.  Eldad Mannheim, who manages the Batsheva Ensemble, had told me it was full, but I don’t think I was prepared for what I saw when I walked into Studio Varda on a Wednesday afternoon.   Dancers had come literally from all over the world – the U.S., Mexico, Italy, Japan, South Korea, and no doubt many other countries – to study Gaga.

The participants had already taken a morning Gaga class by the time I arrived, and now they were busily reviewing material from the daily repertory class in small groups.  On the day I attended the workshop, Danielle and Bosmat first led us through a tight gestural section from Ohad Naharin’s MAX.  After seeing this excerpt not only in MAX but in several performances of Seder, I was quite eager to try my hand(s) at this movement (so to speak).

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International Exposure 2008: Full Program

Posted on 15 January 2009 by Deborah Friedes Galili

I’m happy to share with you the full program for this year’s International Exposure! (Click on “full screen” for readable text.)

International Exposure 2008 ProgrammeFree Legal Forms

International Exposure 2008 (held from January 20-25, 2009) is a showcase of choreography made in Israel over the last 12 months.  To learn more about the program of events and the presenting choreographers, check out the full program above – and make sure to visit Dance In Israel regularly during the festival for daily coverage!

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International Exposure 2008 Preview

Posted on 10 January 2009 by Deborah Friedes Galili

Suzanne Dellal Center at Night(Photo: The Suzanne Dellal Center illuminated at night)

On January 20th, dance enthusiasts from around the world will arrive in Tel Aviv for the International Exposure Festival.  The festival is designed to showcase last year’s harvest of new choreography to foreign presenters affiliated with theaters and festivals.   If you live abroad, these presenters just might bring some Israeli dance to a theater near you! International Exposure 2008 ((Though it’s already 2009, the festival is International Exposure 2008 since it is devoted to works created during the last year)) has an ambitious program: by my count, attendees will view excerpts or complete versions of 39 works in 20 concerts over the course of 6 days.   Most performances will be held at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, with a few outings to the Tmuna Theater, the Tavi Dresner Gallery, and theaters in Jerusalem and Kibbutz Yakum. I’ll be attending International Exposure and covering it here on Dance In Israel.  Check in daily from January 20-25 for updates about the festival’s happenings! For tickets to performances at the Suzanne Dellal Center, call 03-5105656. Continue Reading

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The Israeli Contact Festival: 3 Weeks of Contact Improvisation

Posted on 14 December 2008 by Deborah Friedes Galili


(Improvisation at the Ramat Aviv Mall – Hila Carmel’s video of Lior Ophir’s performance in public spaces class during the 2007 contact festival)

In a mere two months of writing this blog, I have already posted about three festivals (Tel Aviv Dance, Machol Shalem, and Curtain Up). On December 16th, yet another festival will begin: the Israeli Contact Festival.

Whereas the other festivals focus on performances, this three-week festival centers on participation, with people gathering from around the country – and the world – to take part in contact improvisation classes, workshops, and jams. Last year I went to both the opening and closing jams, and I wrote about them for my own blog on December 4, 2007.  Below is my report from the field and another video from the 2006 Greenhouse, so read on . . . Continue Reading

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