Too cool for . . .

Since the unveiling of dance film 'Country Club,' Noa Shadur has choreographed several live pieces, including the fabulous 'Into the Night.'

July 15, 2011 17:07
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Calypso, at the Suzanne Dellal Center

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As many of us learned in middle and high school, trying to be cool only makes you less so. It’s a painful reality that can be hard to grasp, even years after relinquishing the keys to one’s locker. Those who care about being hip rarely are, and those who are too busy going about their business to notice or worry about such matters often rank highest on the popularity charts.

Noa Shadur would most likely fall into the latter group. She is nonchalant, witty and gutsy, as is her choreography. And the best part is that it seems to come naturally to her. This week she will premiere her newest piece, Calypso, at the Suzanne Dellal Center as part of the Hot Dance Festival.

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Shadur has been a staple on the local fringe scene for the past several years.

Since the unveiling of her clever dance film Country Club, she has choreographed several live pieces, including the fabulous Into the Night, which premiered during the 2010 Curtain Up Festival. She has also presented work in Europe and the US. Each of her works has a different feel, be it comedic, satirical or dramatic. Shadur shows a deft hand playing on the border between dance and performance art, a trend that has caught on quickly in the last several years among local choreographers.

Calypso promises to be yet another gem by Shadur. Danced by Osnat Kellner, Doron Raz-Avraham, Inbar Nemirovsky and Rosalind Noctor, this piece takes a look at preconceived notions of femininity, fantasy and glamor. Always mindful of aesthetics, Shadur called on stylist Tanya Jones to design a distinct look for her four dancers. In addition, Calypso will surely be music to your ears, with a soundtrack arranged by Shahar Amarilio.

Calypso premieres on July 18 at 9 p.m. at the Suzanne Dellal Center. For more information, visit

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