‘The rhythm is gonna get you’

Dance Drum Dream is a week-long combo of sight and sound

Dance Drum Dream (photo credit: KOBI KALMANOVITZ)
Dance Drum Dream
(photo credit: KOBI KALMANOVITZ)
There is an undeniable connection between rhythm and dance. Across cultures and countries, the drum serves as a catalyst for movement. In many different practices, from modern to African to contemporary dance, drummers accompany classes, giving students a live source of inspiration.
Beyond the obvious connection, in Tel Aviv there is another example of the link between percussion and dance. Nestled within the environs of the Suzanne Dellal Center is a store called Kalimba, which specializes in ethnic instruments. Open since 2003, Kalimba gathers together natural materials from around the globe to construct a wide range of instruments. On offer are custom-made shakers, djembes, digeridoos and cajons. In addition to selling such instruments, Kalimba hosts workshops and supports a network of local musicians in their performative endeavors.
Until now, the Suzanne Dellal Center and Kalimba have happily coexisted but have never collaborated. However, next week a new tradition of joint creation will take off between the two, titled Dream Drum Dance. Over the course of seven days, choreographers, dancers and musicians will fill the Suzanne Dellal Center’s stage with original creations that bring together the moving body and live music.
The program will include performances by artists such as dancer/choreographers Ilana Bellahsen and Artour Astman, Snir Nakar, Tami Izhaki, Roni Chadash, Yankalle Filtser, Ra’anana Dance Theater and Compas Israeli Flamenco Dance Company. For many of these artists, Dream Drum Dance presents an opportunity to expand their creative horizons and foster a more inclusive approach to music.
Dream Drum Dance will take place from January 28 through February 3 at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. For more information, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.