Arena of motion

Next week's Dance Arena festival aims to create a bond between artist and observer via audience participation.

dance show 88 (photo credit: )
dance show 88
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Those hoping for a relaxing night would do well to steer clear of next week's Dance Arena festival. Running from 8:30 to 11 p.m. this Thursday through the following Saturday, the event aims to create a bond between artist and observer via audience participation. For the more adventurous, dancing at a mock wedding and singing blindfolded are some of the options available at the 12-performance festival taking place at Jerusalem's Khan Theater. "The increasing popularity of reality television prompted us to explore different aspects of the phenomenon, including audience interaction," says organizer Gili Shanit. Among the highlights of this year's festival is "Hidden" - a show which encourages the audience to play an integral part in the creative process. Upon entering, guests will be blindfolded before interacting with the actors through dance, song and action in an attempt to shed inhibitions and discover hidden parts of themselves. In "House Pet," artist Sharon Tzukerman uses dance and video to create a portrayal of what she considers her subconscious thought process as she performs. At "The Wedding," guests are given insight into a bride's pre-wedding jitters before taking part in her lively wedding celebration. Each evening rounds off with a dance extravaganza featuring a diverse array of performers. The theater courtyard will come alive to Latino sounds as Shiri Wild and her group entertain guests with Flamenco and Yael Moab provides an eastern feel with exotic belly dancing. The young and young at heart can also enjoy contemporary entertainment in the form of The Boys of Jerusalem's breakdancing show. For tickets and information on the scheduling of the different shows call (02) 673-3378 or visit