Grec 2016: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
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Yehudit Arnon is the name of a dancer born in the former Czechoslovakia who, during World War II, survived the Nazi death camps despite refusing to dance for her captors. Years after the war, she settled at the Ga'aton kibbutz in Galilee, where she established a dance centre and was one of the founders of the International Dance Village, where around 100 dancers of different nationalities live and work. The Village is also home to the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, directed by the choreographer Rami Be’er, who worked with Arnon as a child. Be’er's personality is alive throughout the entire company, which performs only his pieces, including this one, entitled 'If At All'. It's a celebration of life that, as the director and choreographer himself explains, always goes in circles, from the most intimate to the most sociable. So circularity marks the dancers’ performances, the structure of the choreography and the composition itself.