37 Israeli companies and artists, 28 performances, 12 guest companies, 7 Israeli premiers, 3 months, 1 venue. From August to October, the Suzanne Dellal Centre will be illuminated with rich contemporary dance routines that tap into a range of emotions, styles, statements, social & cultural issues. From an unusual pairing of hip hop and ballet from Berlin to a Chinese board game come to life and a modern twist on an operatic classic, Tel Aviv Dance 2017 invites companies and choreographers from all walks of earth to unite on one common platform: the stage. We're taking you on a trip around the world with a teaser of six international performances worth seeing this August.
5 international performances at the Suzanne Dellal Centre
From classical ballet to breakdancing and acrobatics, Roderick George drives the Berlin-based company through a careful balancing act of aggression and softness, stagnancy and virtuosic movement. Dust takes the audience on a wild journey as four male dancers transgress the traditional concert setting and dive head first into an urban nightclub through a combination of hip hop and classical ballet – all set to the music of DJ SAD.
The very first Hungarian modern ballet company is adding a contemporary twist to the classic opera that shocked and scandalized audiences in years past. Inspired by the sharp plot twists and sudden changes in Carmen's music, Vincze's adaption casts the spotlight on Don José as the central figure of tragedy. His emotional agony is accentuated through vibrant imagery, acrobatics, and original decor, and a colorful cast of 16 dancers.
The first Chinese professional dance company to operate as an independent non-governmental band invites audiences worldwide to experience their rich culture firsthand. The company's name comes from the initials of the Chinese saying: "Thunder that shakes the universe," and these dancers surely shake things up with their pristine technique as they navigate between moments of synchronization that evoke stillness and chaos. Cold Arrow – Game of Go presents a poetic metaphor for the game of life. Drawing on the ancient Chinese strategy game, “Go,” the dancers move around a life-sized game board, a symbol of our competing life choices: good and bad, pros and cons, black and white.
This time around, she's sharing the Diaspora diaries of a woman and all women as thousands of Spaniards were forced to emigrate between Europe and America in the mid-twentieth century. An emotive work, Petisa Loca asks the question: "Is there a place for oneself?" as it works through issues of fear, hope, uncertainty, and displacement in a new, unfamiliar world – accompanied by world-class Spanish singer, Gema Caballero and guitarist Jose Almarche.
Istanbul’s only institutional contemporary dance company travels the world performing their works and spreading social awareness of the performing arts as an channel for social and cultural responsibility. With their return to the Suzanna Dellal Center this August, the company is bringing with them Travelogue, a celebration of 400 years since the writings of Ottoman explorer Evliya Chelebi, recorded in a travelogue called the "Seyahatname." Murphy's multi-dimensional journey weaves together past and present – Chelebi's geographical travel memoirs and the soul-searching passages of Elif Shafak, a contemporary Turkish female writer.