In Israel, performances take place virtually every day. Music, opera, theater,
dance, performance art, clowns and magic shows, stand-up and a host of other
genres of entertainment are presented on stages throughout the country at a
head-spinning rate. And yet, most of the population prefers to stay home or
enjoy a meal rather than attend these events. When asked what keeps them
away, many will give one of two reasons: location and cash flow.
the biggest challenges facing the dance community is how to decentralize
performances while keeping ticket prices reasonable. For the most part, dance
performances take place in big cities, where the cost of living is higher. This
comes down to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with a heavier load placed on the
Though keeping performances in one or two locations can generate
an audience base, often entire circles of dance lovers are missed because of
geography. For choreographers, reaching out to these individuals is an elusive
feat, mainly because organizing performances outside of cities takes resources
that are beyond many artists’ means. The moment a show leaves the city, a host
of expenses are added to the production cost.
This year, Mifal Hapais,
together with the Culture and Sport Ministry and the Israeli Culture Institute
Forum, created an event dedicated to bringing art and culture to the far reaches
of the country. Tonight, the first (and hopefully annual) Days of Culture event
will begin three days of performances in over 100 locations. The events will
include children’s theater, films, dance, literature, music and museum
activities. Tickets cost up to 20 shekels for all events.
Of the event,
Mifal Hapais chairman Uzi Dayan said, “this unique event is the first of its
kind, and its goal is to support Israeli culture and its artists and to share
its richness and diversity with a wide Israeli audience.
We are planning
on making Days of Culture an annual event that will be added to Israel’s
cultural calendar. I would like to thank all of the artists, performers and
collaborators, and to wish us all many more delightful days of culture!” Days of
Culture is particularly significant to the local dance community because of the
diverse performance spaces offered to artists. Performances will take place on
stages as well as in museum halls throughout the country. The program includes
nearly every active choreographer or company around. The list of companies to
perform includes the Batsheva Ensemble with Uprising/Shula, Inbal Pinto and
Avshalom Pollack Dance Company with Goldfish, Vertigo Dance Company with Mana,
Yasmeen Godder Dance Group with See Her Change, the Israel Ballet with Our Days,
Kolben Dance Company with Kmehin and Charlie Mendelbaum and the Kibbutz
Contemporary Dance Company.
Independent choreographers to present work
throughout the three days of the event include Michal Herman, Rachel Erdos,
Shlomi Biton, Tami and Ronen Itzhaki, Anat Gregorio, Dafi Eltabeb, Dana
Ruttenberg and many more. Many of these artists’ works will be shown in
shortened versions on a loop in the museum halls, allowing audience members the
freedom to enjoy the art on the walls while watching dance.
contemporary dance, Days of Culture will present performances of flamenco,
Spanish and folk dance.
Days of Culture will take place from December
25-27. For more information and tickets, visit www.pais.co.il.