(photo credit: Eyal Landesman)
In an industry fraught with fierce competition, money is often in short supply.
However, if you look at the Facebook pages of many Israeli dancers, it would
seem that the lack of funds is made up for by other perks, mainly travel.
Israeli troupes do seem to get around at a dizzying rate. This weekend, the
event that is largely responsible for this jet-set lifestyle kicks
International Exposure, now in its 16th year at the Suzanne Dellal
Center, is a four-day festival where international and local dance lovers can
take in this year’s crop of creations. From early morning to late night,
audiences will be treated to performances that range from major dance companies
like Batsheva to solos and duets created by emerging artists. Shows will be held
on the center’s main stage, as well as Yaron Yerushalmi Hall, the Givatayim
Theater and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. All this is geared toward a
common goal that all participating choreographers share: to be invited to
perform abroad. The list of attendees includes the directors of festivals from
Montpelier, Lyons, London, Sydney, Hong Kong and New York.
In the last few years, Israeli participation in international dance festivals
has been overwhelming. It seems that each event hosts several of our ensembles.
While 15 years ago few theater directors abroad had ever heard of Israeli dance,
it is now an undeniable force in the world of contemporary and post-modern
Aside from the benefits the festival presents to
choreographers, this is a great opportunity for audiences to take in all the
shows they may have missed this season.
This year’s line-up is divided
into large works and “exposures” – i.e., groupings of smaller works. In
addition, many artists, such as Renana Raz and Inbal Pinto, have chosen to
perform to a small audience and thus will not open these shows to the public at
The big company pieces that will be presented include Bill by the
Batsheva Dance Company, choreographed by Sharon Eyal; Wall/Zena by Ohad Naharin;
Mana by the Vertigo Dance Company; Transform by Rami Beer for the Kibbutz
Contemporary Dance Company; and The Project, a new collaborative initiative of
Suzanne Dellal and the Israeli Opera.
The exposures are the real gold in
this festival, as smaller works are easier to travel with. Exposure 1 consists
of Particle Accelerator by Yoram Karmi for the Fresco Dance Group and Ou by
Rachel Erdos. Exposure 2 hosts works by Idan Sharabi and Odelya Kuperberg and a
new work by choreographers Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal. Exposure 3 will showcase
Mami Shimazaki and Orli Portal.
Exposure 4 presents new works by Nimrod
Freed and Tamir Gintz for the Kamea Dance Company.
In all, International
Exposure will give more than 25 choreographers the chance to show their stuff to
all the right people.International Exposure runs from December 8 to 12.
For tickets, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il or call (03) 510-5656.