Posts Tagged ‘Suzanne Dellal Center’

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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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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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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.

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Photo courtesy of Gadi Dagon

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Idan Cohen’s “Mad Siren”

February 20, 2012

Dear Idan Cohen,

I tonight had the pleasure of viewing Mad Siren at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. Your work in this piece exemplifies the deep research I hope to invest in my own choreography. Among my favorite things about Mad Siren are your crafting and grouping of odd numbers of dancers and your thorough use of spoken word and prop elements. I especially applaud your dancers’ understanding of the work. I left the theater this evening inspired to enter the studio and invest time in my own research. I look forward to perhaps seeing Mad Siren again in a few months, and seeing more of your work in the future. כל הכבוד!

Sincerely, Carlo

 

 

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Renana Raz and Barak Marshall

February 4, 2012

Dance Jerusalem went to Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon to see a dance program featuring two new works:  Renana Raz’s הדיפלומטים (The Diplomats) and Barak Marshall’s ווונדערלאנד (Wonderland). Here are YouTube clips of each of them, care of the Suzanne Dellal Center.

 

 

The lighting and costuming (slightly varied from the video trailer) gave The Diplomats a lighthearted and even pedestrian character. There were solo moments for each dancer, and complex density studies worth seeing more than just this once to be able to grasp. I was also surprised:  some of the scenes built in theatrical intensity so subtly that I almost couldn’t understand why I was feeling such big emotions from such a seemingly superficial work. Raz’s cleverness and the dancers’ playfulness in the piece had me chuckling throughout, and laughing out loud as it ended.

 

 

I am glad to have finally seen a work by Barak Marshall. I’ve long admired—from a cyber-distance—the gestural nature of his work. Each wave, salute, or swipe of the hand is delivered with such meaning, and at rapid fire speeds! The costuming and music in Wonderland are both reminiscent of Israeli (or Mediterranean? or generally European?—forgive my generalizations) folk traditions, yet the work still stands its ground within a contemporary dance context. My favorite thing about this piece:  it moves. It doesn’t only tear through space onstage; it sends movement through each dancer’s body in a way that you know none of them are holding back.

 

I’m inspired to get back into the studio. What a great kickoff to my winter break!