(photo credit: Micky Alon)
There is a first for everything: a first time riding a bicycle, a first
day at school, a first draft of any paper. Often, these debut
experiences offer a key insight into our future relations with said
endeavor. For many choreographers, the first time presenting work can
determine whether dance making is destiny or a passing fad. And though
these moments are paramount in any budding artist’s career, getting a
break at a first in the performance world can be a difficult challenge.
this reason, festivals like Other Dance are of the utmost importance in
the contemporary dance community. While bigger festivals showcase the
works of emerging and established choreographers, Other Dance gives
promising but inexperienced artists a chance to cut their teeth, so to
speak. The festival, which opens next week, is an initiative of the
Suzanne Dellal Center and artistic director Yair Vardi.
course of the year, more than 50 dancers and choreographers applied to
take part in the Other Dance Festival. The criteria for acceptance were
left quite open, giving the opportunity for a wide range of styles and
aesthetics to become part of this year’s program.
extensive screening process, 24 contenders were selected to research and
refine their initial ideas. As this is many of these artists’ first
time presenting work on a major stage, some of the older, more
established members of the field such as Ido Tadmor and Tamar Borer
helped them through the process.
The program has been divided
into six evenings and three special events. Four of the evenings are
mixed programs, consisting of five pieces each. Most works in the
programs are between 10 and 20 minutes long. The programs will take
place upstairs at the center in the Yaron Yerushalmi Theater. The black
box space was chosen for this festival because of its intimacy and
Program One will host Pic and Move
by Dorit Guy and Zeev Jelinek; Tarab
by Shiri Capuano Quantz and Zvika Hisakais; Af Besari Yishkon
by Hanania Schwartz; A Short Story
by Us by Smadar Goshen; and Angered
by Ilana Bellahsen.
Program Two consists of My Mother Said
by Racheli Vardi-Granot; Garlina Portzelan
by Gil Carlos Harush; I Will Be
by Feliza Bascara- Zohar; Mom Didn’t Shave
by Iris Marko; and To Hell
by Yuval Goldstein.
Program Three includes Veronika
by Liron Ozeri; Dive
by Anat Cederbaum and Gil Kerer; Are You Talking to Me?
by Adi Butrus; Like Father Like Son
by Tomer Zilkervich; and Anything Goes
by Nadav Zelner.
Program Four will host The Righteous
by Ruth Sigalis; Just about Me
by Eyal Nahum; A Deep, Irregular Breath
by Meirav Dagan; Personal Bandage
by Adi Paz; and Bougainvillea
by Yifat Pell Barkai.
addition to the mixed program, Other Dance will present two evenings,
each dedicated to one evening-length piece. Roni Heller’s Objective Relation
has been seen on stages around Israel for the past several months. In
this work, Heller explores physical relationships with inanimate objects
on stage, creating an unusual movement vocabulary.
evening is devoted to Galia Fradkin’s Kadawa. Danced by five men, this
work investigates Israeli notions surrounding how men should and do
The special events in this year’s Other Dance Festival
will include an installation by Keren Rosenberg entitled A Flock of Us,
an outdoor performance by Orly Almi called Geisha Noh, inspired by
Chinese opera, and an outdoor improvisation by Aviram Kushner and
friends. These special events will be free of charge.The Other Dance Festival will take place at the Suzanne Dellal Center from August 22-27. For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.co.il.