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Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company: From the Galilee Dance Village to the World

Posted on 08 March 2009 by Deborah Friedes Galili

Rami Be'er's "Upon Reaching the Sun"
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Rami Be’er’s Upon Reaching the Sun.  Photo by Gadi Dagon.

Just as the Batsheva Dance Company finishes its North American tour and returns home, another major Israeli dance troupe is hitting the road.  Known for its dynamo dancers and visually stunning works, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company will bring artistic director Rami Be’er’s Upon Reaching the Sun to locations throughout Germany and Italy this month.  Later this spring, KCDC will perform in the Ukraine, the U.S., Poland, and Romania; in the summer, the company will continue to Hungary, Austria, and Croatia, with a few more concerts in Poland.

Whereas most world-renowned dance companies embark on major foreign tours from their home country’s cosmopolitan cities, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company is launching its travels from a village: the Galilee Dance Village, located on Kibbutz Ga’aton in northern Israel.  This setup is so unique that it’s worth taking a closer look, and KCDC’s video “The Galilee Dance Village” – posted below – provides multiple perspectives of the company’s home.

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The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company: Travel Journal

Posted on 24 December 2008 by Deborah Friedes Galili

Bruchim Habaim LeKibbutz Ga’aton – Welcome to Kibbutz Ga’aton, the home of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company has enjoyed a strong presence abroad, including a performance at Central Park SummerStage in July 2008, so some of you may have had the good fortune of seeing this energetic group perform.  But you may not know about the company’s unusual background.  As its name suggests, this troupe is based not in a city but on a kibbutz.

What exactly does that mean?

To find out, I traveled north last year to observe the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in its natural habitat.  I first published this photo journal of my visit to Kibbutz Ga’aton on The Winger and on Dance In Israel’s beta version this summer. Continue Reading

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