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For the past four years, the Tel Aviv Dance festival has presented major
companies and dance ensembles from abroad to the Israeli crowd. Each season the
festival grows in attendance and prestige. In addition to the selected foreign
troupes, there is always a smattering of performances by local dance groups.
When it comes to Tel Aviv Dance, there are two regulars: the Batsheva Dance
Company and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.
This year, KCDC’s
artistic director, Rami Be’er, put together a new piece for the festival.
Transform was created with the help of the 12 dancers of KCDC’s main company.
The piece was performed twice at Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center as part of Tel
Aviv Dance and will now be added to KCDC’s repertoire.
On Tuesday night,
KCDC will present Transform
at the Suzanne Dellal Center, adapted to fit a
smaller stage. It will continue to run through the end of 2010 at theaters
around the country.
The company is currently on a world tour, which has
included performances in Germany, Georgia and Mexico. After this engagement in
Israel, they will continue on to the Ukraine, Turkey, Canada and the US. A busy
is schedule is par for the course for Be’er’s posse. This year alone, the
company has premiered two new works, Transform
and In the Black Garden
co-production with the Wolfsburg Festival in Germany.
Since 1996 when he
was appointed artistic director, Be’er has done more than 40 full-length pieces
for KCDC. His more successful endeavors include Aide Memoir, Upon Reaching the
Sun and Ekodoom.
He has also been invited to set pieces for numerous
companies around the world.
In addition to the intense tour schedule,
KCDC has spent the past several years developing the Dance Village, an extension
of its facilities on Kibbutz Ga’aton. This new branch of the company is
dedicated to expanding its well-known preprofessional training program for young
dancers and presenting dance to the local community in the western
, Be’er examines the consumerism of our daily
lives. Having been raised on a kibbutz in the north of the country, where he
still lives and works, materialism and personal relationships to finance are
constant issues in his life. As Be’er sees it, globalization inhibits our
ability to make authentic decisions about our real needs. His investigation of
this topic, combined with the exuberance of his cast of dancers, makes for a
quirky, fun and, at times, ironic piece.
As in many of his previous
works, Be’er designed the set and the lighting for Transform
highlight the ridiculousness of our compulsive need to buy, Be’er exaggerates
certain daily activities, such as a woman’s haircare ritual. The costumes
include bunny heads (much like the Energizer bunny from the 1990s ad campaign);
French maid uniforms and cutesy military-like dresses. Music for this piece runs
the gamut from classical (Bach) to contemporary electronic music (Animal
KCDC’s performances are always high-energy events. Whether
that zest is transmitted through insanely bright lights, as in 60HZ, or virtuoso
physical movement, Be’er has a knack for filling a stage to the brim with
ideas.KCDC will perform Transform at the Suzanne Dellal Center on
November 2; at the Givatayim Theater on November 4; and at the Herzliya
Performing Arts Center on November 10. For additional details and more dates,