RENANA RAZ’S ‘Diplomatim’ 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Gadi Dagon)
For the past several years, one of Israel’s main exports has been dance. Looking
at the brochures of festivals around the world, one would imagine Israel is a
much larger country than it actually is. The shows presented at the Suzanne
Dellal Center on any given night are likely to wind up on stages from Canada to
China to Sao Paolo. Foreign programmers just can’t seem to get enough of the
cutting edge, in-your-face dance happening in our little land.
question is, how do these curators and theater owners find out about all of the
independent choreographers and companies making work here? The answer is the
International Exposure Festival, which kicks off this week at the Suzanne Dellal
Every year, just around the time we break out our long forgotten
heaters and winter wear, a slew of important figures from the dance world make
their way to Israel. Now in its 17th year, the International Exposure Festival
provides both international and local audiences an opportunity to take in a
smorgasbord of local choreography in a five-day period.
The 30 guests
making their way over from a long list of countries will take in tens of
performances, from morning to night, during their stay here. The hope is that
these foreign guests will then extend a hand to one or more of the artists they
meet to perform abroad.
For large companies like Batsheva and the Inbal
Pinto Dance Company, this festival is a good arena for strengthening the
connections they already have.
However, for many local artists, it is a
golden moment opportunity to reach out to the individuals that are able to
bolster their careers.
This year’s festival is broken up into a variety
of events. Overall, 32 choreographers will present their most recent pieces. The
usual suspects, namely Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack, Ohad Naharin, Rami
Be’er and Amir Kolben will, of course, be presented.
A few unique events
to look out for are: Yoni Sutchi with his creation Son, winner of the 2011
Shades of Dance Choreography Competition. Then there’s an evening of three works
by three independent female choreographers: Rachel Erdos, Dafi Eltabeb and Dana
Ruttenberg, which will be performed on the main stage of the center on Thursday
Israeli celebrity Ido Tadmor will showcase his newest evening
Three Rooms, a collage of three solos choreographed by up-and-coming local
choreographers Rachel Erdos, Ariel Cohen and one work by Tadmor
Maria Kong will present Kong’s Night, a program containing three
new works. Barak Marshall and Renana Raz will finally unveil their new work,
commissioned by the Suzanne Dellal Center.
Naturally, with a festival as
central as this one, there are many choreographers whose work has did not find a
slot in the festival’s programming. Therefore, many independent artists have
organized informal showings throughout the days of the festival.
extra-curricular activities will undoubtedly heighten the buzz and fun factor of
this year’s International Exposure. Be sure to be on the lookout for both
programmed and renegade shows in the coming week! International Exposure will
take place at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv from November 30-December 4.
For more info, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.