Rocio Molina 370.
(photo credit: Ora Brafman)
A few weeks before Suzanne Dellal hosts its own International Exposure on
December 4-8, Madrid showcased its own internationally-oriented event, the
Ventana de la Danza, based on a similar format.
Both the Tel Aviv and
Madrid events attract dozens of dance professionals, mainly festival and dance
centers’ directors from various countries. Suzanne Dellal’s artistic director
Yair Vardi has a particular interest since he brings over dancers and companies
for his own project MadriDanza which takes place in Tel Aviv each
The Ventana is the main source for introducing new Madridian
talent, and Vardi, who attended, most likely already had his eye on some
interesting choreographies that may be seen in Tel Aviv in the next few
Four days and 20-some works later, the picture gets clear;
although contemporary dance may not be the preferred genre of dance for the
masses and Flamenco is deeply embedded in its culture, Madrid has its share of
very talented dancers and quite interesting choreographers, as well as a world
class national repertoire company.
The most likely to be invited to
Israel are two unique young dancers/choreographers with strong performance
skills and different artistic agendas.
Rocio Molina follows the expanding
trend of contemporary work based on flamenco energy, and takes it further than
most. She danced her solo piece in a winery among the barrels, to every one’s
delight. With her innocent face and impish smile, the audience was putty in her
hands as she shifted from tight muscular control to blazing
Her serious rival was Jannet Novac, a strong willed,
confident, gutsy and somewhat wild artist with intriguing imagination and true
A major player in the dance field of Madrid is Sharon
Fridman, an Israeli now living in that city.
The Elephant in the Black
Box company, with brilliant dancers formerly of Nacho Duato’s company, showcased
two works by J.P.
Dury, the director, and one captivating duet by Israeli
Another highly respected Israeli choreographer now resident
in Madrid, Itzik Galili, commissioned a piece for seven male dancers by the
National Dance Company to be performed next to Ohad Naharin’s