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“So how was Israel?”

July 12, 2012

The most frequently asked question!

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Gaga. I must keep moving until the end.

June 20, 2012

It’s no doubt that this Spring semester has taken a lot out of me. We finished off our choreographic works, have performed student works and professional repertory, the highlight of which was dancing on the main stage at Suzanne Dellal. This week, I finish my studies with technical exams. But in an effort to squeeze out just a little bit more dance from this experience in Israel, I’m turning to Gaga.

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Photo Credit: Gadi Dagon

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Acrobatics and Adama

June 8, 2012

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On Thursday, May 24, Dance Jerusalem rode to Mizpe Ramon
to the middle of Israel’s Negev Desert to visit Hangar Adama.

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From my journal:

We had found ourselves in the desert, with the freedom to take whichever classes we wanted … Acrobalance abounded, and though muscular in nature, a heavy emphasis was put on trust … We slept collectively in one of the studios, but many other convention goers slept in tents under the stars … Everyone was friendly and willing to share knowledge, or a nice back massage … Balance, balance, acrobalance, balance … Muscles, joints, quiet…

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The Voices Have Visited. No thanks too small.

June 6, 2012

Because photos are easier to read than words,
your enjoyment of this blog post is guaranteed.

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Batsheva Ensemble: Tabula Rasa / Lost Cause

June 1, 2012

On Thursday, May 3, Dance Jerusalem went to the Jerusalem Theater to see a performance by the Batsheva Ensemble. The program included Ohad Naharin’s Tabula Rasa (1986) and Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s Lost Cause (2010).

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We’re Dancing at Suzanne Dellal

May 28, 2012

 

 

In true Israeli fashion, I’m not sure what the full program is just yet, and how much of it I’m in, but the details will fall into place before the curtain goes up at least. I kid, I kid. I do know that the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble is performing, along with some of the best student works from the Gertrud Kraus choreography competition. But please, if you’re in the Tel Aviv area, check out what the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance is up to. We’re performing at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel’s main stage! June 12 at 21:00.

 

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My Experience as Told by Natalie Portman

May 20, 2012

Does anyone remember the time we saw Natalie Portman at The Joyce Theater when we went to see Batsheva Dance Comapny perform Project 5? She was just hanging out with Ohad Naharin. No big. It’s funny how small the world is, or how small you can make it seem when you make funny connections.

Anyway, Natalie Portman knows exactly how I feel here in Jerusalem when I’m battling my own perceptions of physical and conceptual reality, in terms of moving the body (especially in Gaga class) and approaching choreography (especially in Melanie’s class). It’s about breaking habits and releasing yourself from mental and physical (and emotional?) atrophy.

Please enjoy Portman’s perfect portrayal of my plight:

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