Winners’ circle at Machol

winners of the second annual Jerusalem International Choreography Competition announced.

December 1, 2014 22:04
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‘GOLEM COUPLE’ by Mariko Kakizaki.

‘GOLEM COUPLE’ by Mariko Kakizaki.. (photo credit: GADI DAGON)


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Over the weekend, as part of Machol Shalem Dance House’s Jerusalem International Dance Week, winners of the second annual Jerusalem International Choreography Competition were announced.

Over 100 applicants from over a dozen countries were received, of which eight were selected for the semi-final round.

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To consider these works, Machol Shalem’s directors Ruby Edelman and Ofra Idel assembled a panel of judges hailing from many fields. The panel consisted of cultural leaders from around the globe such as choreographer Uri Ivgi; Laurent Van Kote, head of dance of France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication; Zach Granit, head of Culture and Art Administration of Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sport; Angela Mattox, artistic director of the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; and Polish critic and panel chair, theoretician Jadwiga Grabowska.

After viewing all of the works, the panel awarded first place to French choreographer Jean Gallois for P = mg. Second place went to Israeli dancer and choreographer Ido Batash for his work Bodymagic. Mariko Kakizaki of Japan was awarded third place for Golem Couple. Cash prizes of $4,000, $2,800 and $1,800 accompanied the awards.

Jerusalem International Dance Week will continue through Wednesday night with performances by a number of local and international choreographers.

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