Haifa Theater adds dance program

The dance season offers a potpourri of dance from classical ballet to cutting-edge contemporary.

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The newly vigorous Haifa Municipal Theater has added a dance season to tempt its subscribers and attract new ones. It's under the artistic direction of dancer/choreographer Ido Tadmor, who comes into everybody's living room as one of the judges on Born to Dance. The season offers a potpourri of dance from classical ballet to cutting-edge contemporary, from Haifa choreographers to France Philippe Genty, who's been delighting Israelis with his magical pieces for nearly two decades. It begins on December 16 with Barak Marshall's energetic and poignant Monger that premiered at last month's Tel Aviv Dance 2008, followed on December 22 by Anat Danieli's mischievous Four Seasons for the whole family. Other local choreographers include Yasmin Godder with I Feel Funny Today, Niv Shenfeld and Oren Laor with Duets and Tomer Sharabi with Monk, which recently premiered at Curtain Up. The Israel Ballet and Batsheva Dance will present works from their repertoires such as Don Quixote and Gazebo, respectively, and two Haifa companies, Sigma Ensemble and Beta, are also in the program. Beta, working with choreographer Ruth Eshel, combines a contemporary dance idiom with the ancient traditions of Ethiopia, and its dancers are all of Ethiopian origin. Works include Nefas ("wind" in Amharic), Tezi Teza and Opus. Genty is coming in March with his newest work, Boliloc. Subscribers - and there are 10,000 this year as compared with only 4,000 in 2007 - get a discount on dance tickets. Info: www.ht1.co.il.