A dance by any other name

The new Tel Aviv Dance Company will be officially unveiled this Wednesday night in a gala event at The Suzanne Dellal Center.

It does not take long to become acquainted with the companies and choreographers that comprise the Israeli dance community. The country is small and the dance community is tight knit. For that reason, when a new energy emerges, it creates a big stir. Such is true for the new Tel Aviv Dance Company, to be officially unveiled this Wednesday night in a gala event at The Suzanne Dellal Center. In honor of Tel Aviv's centennial, artistic directors Amit Goldenberg and Yaara Dolev have joined forces with the city itself and the Bikurei Haitim Center to refurbish what was once the DedeDance Company. Originally formed in 2000, DedeDance will now make its home at Bikurei Haitim's well equipped facility -- over five studio spaces and a house theater make the central Tel Aviv location a perfect nest for a young company. Goldenberg and Dolev, however, are not the first to attempt to settle there. Until September 2007, Bikurei Haitim was the home to the Muza Dance Company, comprised of a performing company and a school for pre-professional dancers; with the former having collapsed and the latter being successful. In the coming year, the Tel Aviv Dance Company will take over the management of this program, changing the time commitment of students from one year to two. Naomi Perlov, acclaimed teacher and dance expert will join in this undertaking as the school's artistic director. Expanding upon the previous programs, the new curriculum places a heavy emphasis on classical ballet training and modern repertory. In order to ensure that the dancers have the best training available, the new staff will include world renowned ballet teacher Rose Sobol of the prestigious Telma Yellin High School of the Arts. Students will be taught excerpts of works by many of the world's most famous choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Anjelin Preljocaj and Nacho Duato. Also, each year four young Israeli choreographers will be invited to set a new piece for the students. There are also plans to form a young company who will perform children's shows around Israel. Beyond being creative partners, Goldenberg and Dolev are married and the parents of two lovely children. Amit Goldenberg set off upon his dance journey as a break-dancer, then at age 14 studied classical ballet in Haifa and later at The Institute for Urban Ballet in Antwerp, Belgium. Yaara Dolev began her training with The Bat Dor Dance Company. After dancing with Anat Danieli she joined The Batsheva Ensemble where she met Goldenberg. Several years later the couple married and formed their own group. To welcome themselves back into the dance scene, The Tel Aviv Dance Company will perform sections of three works: White Time by Chanoch Ben Dror, a piece from DedeDance's past repertoire, and segments of a new piece - to be premiered in its entirety in October. With their ambitious plans for the future and influential new partners it is certain that we will see much of The Tel Aviv Dance Company in the coming future, which begins… now. The Tel Aviv Dance Company's gala opening takes place July 30 at 9 p.m. at The Suzanne Dellal Center. For more information visit www.suzannedellal.org.il or call (03) 510-5656.