Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble’


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.



Yes, we’re learning more repertory!

February 27, 2012

Tomorrow marks day three of a marathon of sorts learning the newest piece to be studied and performed by the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble.

We are working on a section from Crystal Pite‘s Matter of the Maker, taught by Sharon Vazanna. The piece was originally created for the Cullberg Ballet, from Sweden. Though learning the section so quickly is temporarily taking a toll on my body, my curiosity about the piece and the collateral research both trump the soreness in my hamstrings, glutes, and fibularis muscles. I’m so grateful to be learning this repertory!

I remember seeing Pite’s Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue performed by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet a few years ago at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Here is a video trailer of the piece I had seen those years ago.



This is really some winter “break.” At least I’ll be ready to hit next week’s start of the Academy’s Spring Semester head on!



February 13, 2012

Please enjoy this video of “Tumbalalaika” from Barak Marshall’s Rooster.

We started learning it this week in Ensemble!

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I have a performance tomorrow.

January 30, 2012


Come one, come all. If you can.

Israel. Jerusalem. Givat Ram. Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
New Studio. Same program, two showings. 19:30 and 21:00. Free admission.

I hope to see you there!


Choreography: Smadar Goshen
Original Music: Yehu Yaron
Dancers: Academy Ensemble dancers
The work was premiered at the G’vanim (Shades of Dance) Festival 2011, the Suzanne Dellal Center (Tel Aviv).

“Shaketkam” from Atuf (Wrapped)
Choreography: Inbal Pinto
Dancers: Academy Ensemble dancers

A section from Light Years
Choreography: Jacopo Godani
Music: 48nord
Direction: Oryan Yohanan
Dancers: Academy Ensemble Dancers

“Caravan” from Rooster
Choreography Barak Marshall
Music: Caravan – Berigian & His Orchestra
Dancers: Dance Department 2nd year students

Composition: Humi Einbinder
Dancers: Movement Department Dancers

The Nut Lake (Ball)
Composition:  Roni Heller
Dancers: Movement Department Dancers


To blog or not to blog.

January 3, 2012

If I had not mentioned in an earlier post, I am a part of the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble. As a part of this ensemble, we’re learning repertory from several different choreographers. We perform the repertory at some capacity in the months to come. So far, we’ve been learning the works of Jacopo Godani, Smadar Goshen, and Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak.

Biography of Jacopo Godani, c/o the Israel Opera

Website of Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak


How should I blog about dance?

I have debated with myself about how much is the right amount to write about our work in the Ensemble. This is why I haven’t written about it until now. I’ve decided against showing video, of either us or professional companies performing the works. I suppose some photos could be alright, if media is even necessary. (It sure does make reading this more engaging, doesn’t it?) I don’t wish to reveal too much, even in words, before we’ve even gotten deeper into the choreography. I want to tell you all what’s going on, but don’t want to offer spoilers. I hate spoilers.


Do you understand the struggle here?
Does anyone have suggestions? I’m open.