The Contemporary Israeli Dance Week celebrates and shares the unique qualities of contemporary Israeli dance at the heart of the performance community in one of the world’s capitals of dance. We are raising funds to cover expenses to bring Israeli companies to New York, including: visas, artist fees, accommodation, transportation, etc.
Our 2nd Contemporary Israeli Dance Weekwill take place in March 2013.
Participating companies/choreographers include: The Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation Center (in cooperation with the New York City Jewish Museum; choreographer Renana Raz with her project "YouMake ReMake,” Renana will be on a residency in NYC and work with local artists on the project; young and promising choreographer Gil C. Harush with his full evening piece "Good enough parents;" Noa Zuk with her duet "A Droom Come Tree.”
The Israeli dancers participating in the Contemporary Israeli Dance Week devise their art in a challenging and controversial environment and come up with unique answers to questions that all artists struggle with. Israeli choreography and dance have a certain character to them, comprising language, performance qualities, and homegrown methodologies. Their inner dialog is marked by a distinctive, almost disturbing, flavor.
The 1st Contemporary Israeli Dance Week was featured in the 2011 La MaMa Moves Dance Festival. La MaMa E.T.C is a world-renowned cultural organization, led from 1961 to 2011 by its founder, the late Ellen Stewart. For 50 years, La MaMa has been passionately pursuing its original mission of developing, nurturing, supporting, producing and presenting new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures Five internationally renowned choreographers from Israel, along with four Israeli choreographers based in NYC, participated in the event.
From Israel: Arkadi Zaides, Idan Cohen, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, Maya Brinner, Maya Stern & Tomer Sharabi.
From New York:
Deganit Shemy, YelleB Dance Ensemble, Netta Yerushalmy, LeeSaar company.
In addition, the festival was hosting the "D for Dimension - Animative Videodance" project – a collaboration between three Tel-Aviv professional schools – video, dance and photography - that formed a contemporary art lab, where participants produced dance films incorporating two-dimensional animation.
The first annual Israeli Contemporary Dance week has been generously supported in part by the Israeli Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York, Foundation for Jewish Culture, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Jerome Robbins Foundation and Elise Bernhardt.
Risks and challenges
- We need to act quickly to avoid the risk that dancers won't get a working visa. The process can be lengthy.
- Although the festival is an independent initiative, and artists express their authentic voice, the Contemporary Israeli Dance Week does run the risk of being boycotted. Dancers are Israelis, and some funding is provided by the Israeli embassy in NYC (though we do need this Kickstarter campaign to succeed to make it happen).
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