Dance in Israel
As you no doubt already know, Israel is packed with fascinating sites and attractions. What you might not know is that Israel is also home to a vibrant and thriving dance scene, which extends from ballet to modern, ethnic, jazz, ballroom and folk-dancing.
Fans of disco should time their flights to Israel to fit in with the Summer Israel Festival or the Tel Aviv International Dance Festival. Here you can catch top Israeli dance companies including Bat Sheva, the Israel Ballet and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Also in the summertime is the Galliee’s Carmiel International Dance Festival where thousands of dancers show off their skills, ethnic dance being particularly popular. The festival attracts large numbers of dancers who get together and learn from one another.
Israeli folk dancing
Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that Israel’s signature dance is the Hora. Israelis famously took to the streets of Israel at the birth of the country in 1948 with this dance. The Hora dance draws on both Eastern European and Arab influences. The dance is also performed at Jewish weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs.
Suzanne Dellal Center
The Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv is Israel’s premier dance venue, located in the historic neighborhood of Neve Tzedek. During a stay in the city dance lovers can take in performances by a range of international dance companies. Established in part by the Dellal family from London, the center was named after their daughter. It is the most visited tourist site in Tel Aviv, welcoming over half a million visitors a year who book their flight to Israel in advance just to see performances in this highly popular venue. who Since its foundation it has hosted over 850 premieres and established over 100 initiatives for artistic creation.
The design of the center fits seamlessly into its Bauhaus surroundings with clean, fresh lines and open spaces typical of the Mediterranean. Its construction was part of an aim to decentralize cultural life in Tel Aviv and promote underdeveloped areas of the city.
Resident dance companies
Resident dance companies at the Suzanne Dellal center include the Batsheva Dance Company, one of the world’s leading dance companies in the world. The company has a roster of 34 dancers hailing from both Israel and abroad, and puts on over 250 performances per year. Ohad Naharin is the artistic director and originator of the extraordinary movement invention which has increased the group’s growing international image.
Also resident at the center is the Inbal Pinto and Pollak Dance Company, known for their award-winning unique dance performances. Described as ‘ingenious’ by the Irish Independent and ‘zany wit and dark’ by the New York Post, the company comprises 12 dancer actors who not only perform at the center but all around the world.