Posts Tagged ‘Dance in Israel’


Carlo’s Choreography Comes to a Close

May 18, 2012

A Few Notes from the Choreographer

Photos in this post are courtesy of Kyle Georgina Marsh.

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Yasmeen Godder’s Storm End Come

April 29, 2012

As you may know, I am enrolled in a unique-to-Dance Jerusalem lecture course called Dance in Israel. As you may or may not know, I adore it. Though all lessons are filled with great information, video, photo, and opportunity for discussion, the most effective (and my favorite) progression of these dance history (or current events?) lessons ends with a trip to see a live performance. Just last night Dance Jerusalem hit the Suzanne Dellal Center once more for another amazing demonstration of Israeli dance. This time, we visited Tel Aviv to see Yasmeen Godder’s Storm End Come.


Photo courtesy of Gadi Dagon

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Batsheva in Dance Magazine

February 3, 2012

You must read this article, “Inside Batsheva,” featured in this month’s issue of Dance Magazine. It interviews members of the Batsheva Dance Company and Artistic Director Ohad Naharin himself.


Photo courtesy of Gadi Dagon for Dance Magazine


The article is written by Deborah Friedes Galili, the founder of, the author of Contemporary Dance in Israel, and creator and lector of the Dance Jerusalem course called Dance in Israel.


On Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company

January 3, 2012

I prepared to leave for Israel at the end of the summer, and I took the time to say goodbye to my friends in August. Sarah Lifson, gave me on particular piece of advice, among several:  “See Inbal Pinto. It will change your life.” Yup.

I won’t lie. At the time, I hadn’t even heard the name before.

I first previewed some of their works on YouTube, prior to coming to Israel. When I got here, we studied some of their repertory, background, and process in my lecture course, called Dance in Israel. (The course is taught by Deborah Friedes Galili, and is based on and draws from her website, Dance in Israel.) Dance Jerusalem was also able to watch the company’s new work, Bombyx Mori. Additionally, as I had mentioned before, we are learning some of the company’s repertory. It’s an ensemble portion of the 2000 Bessie Award-winning piece called Wrapped.

The work of Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak draws upon each of their backgrounds—from Inbal Pinto’s in dance performance, choreography, and visual art, and from Avshalom Pollak’s in film, television, and stage. The two jointly produce whimsical works that appeal to my personal taste in the fantastical. The feeling offered by their choreography is akin to that of the film, Amelie, or perhaps of a Cirque du Soleil production.

Each movement and gesture we learn in Wrapped has its own character, and adds to the richness of the full story. Bombyx Mori truly conjured the images of silk worms, with its usage of associative sets, props, and gesture. The work is fun to watch, more fun to do, but the most fun to try to understand, whether it’s what each tiny element in the work means, or how the collaborative duo came to produce such complex works.

My curiosity as a dance watcher, dance performer, and dance choreography has been piqued by Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak. The dynamic of their artistic collaboration and the resulting work is absolutely astounding to me. Studying the creative process of this couple, among several others in Israel, inspires me to investigate my own choreographic voice. It makes you want to get into the studio to do the research. Really. For me, that’s almost life changing.


I am elated to highlight the fact that the work of Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak also goes to Mason Gross School of the Arts this month. They start this week, actually. Enjoy the magic, friends. I sure am, on this side of the world!


Dance in Israel Reflection

September 12, 2011

I took notes in my Dance in Israel course in the form of questions yesterday. I just wanted to take some time to reflect this morning. Your thoughts are appreciated.

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