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Spring's must-see Israeli dance performances

These 2017 Israeli dance performances will leave audiences in awe

© Wilian Aguiar

Once in awhile, instead of dancing the night away at an open-air club in Eilat or the never-ending list of clubs that make up the Tel Aviv nightlife scene, it’s nice to rest those weary legs and leave it to the professionals. From Naharin’s famed Batsheva Dance Company to more indie choreographers, these Israeli dance performances are a breath of fresh air. So, check out our list of upcoming performances and book your ticket for an alternative night out that’s a little less rowdy, but a whole lot more romantic (especially with the wealth of nearby restaurants in Jaffa, Neve Tzedek and the likes).

Israeli dance performances to catch this season

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Special Performance - The Sao Paulo Dance Company

The SPDC has prepared a unique programme of contemporary dance, including a special 70th birthday tribute to legendary Czech choreographer, Jiří Kylián and "Gray Skies", which imagines a less fatal ending to Romeo and Juliet.  

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Until Sun Apr 30
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Kamuyot - The Batsheva Young Ensemble

Inspired by Ohad Naharin's Mamootot and Moshe, as the Young Ensemble dancers perform at eye-level, Kamuyot challenges the dimensions of time and space onstage. Naharin provides a new portal into the imagination of children in this captivating performance.  

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Until Sun Apr 30
3

Signs - KCDC

From the digital world to icons, street signs and the likes, signs follow us everywhere. In our modern day world, we are surrounded by infinite mediums of communication. The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company confronts those signs that we cross paths with on a daily basis and addresses themes attached to them – themes of alienation and identity loss.    

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Until Sun Apr 30
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TWO: Nacho Duato, shared evening with Tamir Ginz

This March, the Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia (commonly known as Nacho Duato) is pairing up with Tamir Ginz of the KAMEA dance company for a double-header evening of mesmerizing movement.  First, Duato's Gnawa: a sensual piece that pays homage to the choreographer's love of the Mediterranean region where he spent his childhood. Duato's spiritual piece will be followed by a world premier by Ginz called Cleared for Love, a sensual piece that explores relationships through an intimate perspective as the dancers engage in a search for purity of emotion.

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Until Sunday April 30 2017
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Mamootot

Mamootot, the dance performance by Ohad Naharin that helped consolidate the language of Gaga, has been updated yet again with an entirely new cast of young dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company. While the cast may be different, the refreshing performance still promises to deliver that delicate tension between the familiar and strange. When you come to Mamootot, you are more than a spectator, you are an integral part of the performance.  

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Suzanne Dellal Center , Neve Tzedek Thursday March 30 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017
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