The Renana Raz Dance Group, one of the most innovative dance troupes in Israel, teams up with Druse dancers from Daliat El Carmel for a performance fusing folk and modern dance, tonight and tomorrow night on the Suzanne Dellal stage in Tel Aviv.
Renana Raz is inspired by folk dancing, a theme she has been exploring and incorporating into her modern dance choreography for some time. As this weekend's performance will demonstrate, director Raz insists that folkdance is a creative expression that unites human beings from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds. Whether it be Israeli folk dance on a moshav, Druse dancing in the North or traditional dancing from any another culture, folk dance helps unite people and find common ground, says Raz, who believes that folk dance is a common language everyone can understand.
This weekend's dance consists of three parts: the Druse dancers will showcase their traditional Debka dance, followed by the Raz group performing a work inspired by it. In the third segment, the Druse dancers and the modern dancers perform together.
Traditionally Debka is performed only by men; but the Druse community in Daliat El Carmel, a village in the North, agreed to teach the moves to Renana Raz's female dancers.
The performance will be held tonight at 10 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. and again on March 3 (9 p.m.) at the Suzanne Dallal Center, 5 Yehieli Street, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv. Full-price tickets: NIS 90; reduced: NIS 45 - NIS 63. Box office: (03) 510-5656