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Dana Ruttenberg’s “NABA” Features Eye-Opening Moves in the Ear

Posted on 20 April 2009 by Deborah Friedes Galili

Video: Duet from Dana Ruttenberg’s NABA

Curious about the back story of this duet?  On April 24th, you can head on over to the Inbal Dance Theater at Suzanne Dellal and click through NABA‘s audio guide to get some context and gain control over your viewing experience.

Before the dance premiered last month, I had a lively conversation with NABA‘s creator, Dana Ruttenberg, for a Jerusalem Post preview.  The resulting article – republished below – was initially printed in the JPost as “Choose your own dance adventure” on March 27, 2009.

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It was in a Madrid museum that inspiration struck choreographer Dana Ruttenberg.  With the audio guides temporarily unavailable, visitors quickly angered, shouting that they would not be able to enjoy or understand the collection without this aid that describes the artwork.

Startled by the mob’s outrage, Ruttenberg realized, “People need a guiding hand, even if it’s a physical thing. They need a way to connect to art.”  She began to muse about her own art form, wondering, “What if we had audio guides in dance?”

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