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Hot summer dancing
MahoLohet (Hot Dance), Israel's summer dance festival at Tel Aviv's Suzanne Dellal Dance Center, presents a slice of the energetic and ever growing world of local dance. Every kind of dance, from contemporary to ethnic to hybrid, can be found.
It began as a three week event 10 years ago. This year, Hot Dance will run for 12 straight weeks, beginning June 29 and ending September 15. There will be 33 premieres among the 76 dance events, including Mahol Aher (Different Dance), dance for children, and for the first time, an evening dedicated to Shades of Dance (Gvanim Bemahol).
Sharon Eyal's Bartolina for Batsheva Dance and Lady of the Camellias from the Israel flamenco company Compas, are among the most anticipated premieres. Others include The Four Seasons, set to Vivaldi's famous suite and played live on stage by the Israel Camerata. Tales of Paradise from the always renewing Rina Schenfeld will also premiere, as will Fiesta 2006 from the local grande dame of Spanish dance, Sylvia Duran. And in a remarkable encounter between flamenco and contemporary dance, Sylvie Barro and her colleagues will present Maydele.
Of the NIS 880,000 budget allocated to Hot Dance this year, a mere NIS 150,000 stems from public funding.
Dynamic new conductor for ICO
The Israel Chamber Orchestra, under its dynamic young artistic director/ composer/conductor Gil Shohat, offers six series to subscribers for the 2006/07 season. The newest one is called "Round the World in Six Encounters" and offers lectures, light and sound shows, and of course, music. The series visits the music of Argentina, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the US, and the concerts will be in Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Highlights include all Beethoven's piano concertos in two concerts played by Rubinstein competition laureate Alexander Korsantia and David Greilsammer, Mozart's Great Mass, a Schumann marathon, and Stravinsky's Pulcinella choreographed by Inbal (Oyster) Pinto and Avshalom Pollak.
Other visiting artists include former wunderkind violinist David Garrett who'll play the Sibelius violin concerto at the opening concert on September 18, and his mentor and teacher, the legendary Ida Haendel playing Beethoven's only violin concerto on December 13 and 14 with Umberto Michelangeli on the podium.
Other visiting conductors include Diego Mason, Mats Liljefors, Stanley Sperber (for many years music director of the Haifa Symphony) and Paul Nadler, who delights opera lovers every year at the Vocal Arts Workshop.