One of my Barnard dance professors recently emailed me with some information about Deborah Friedes, a former student of hers from the Princeton Ballet School. Deborah is currently studying the modern dance scene in Israel on a Fulbright scholarship by attending dance performances, observing and taking classes, and conducting interviews with choreographers and dancers. In addition to writing about her discoveries on her personal blog, she is podcasting her interviews with Israeli choreographers and dancers on Israel Seen, a website devoted to Israeli culture. In the first podcast, Deborah interviews Niv Scheinfeld and Oren Laor. You can listen to it here, and also see some photos and links to video clips of the choreographers’ work.
(photo of Deborah Friedes, courtesy of Deborah’s website)
Although I was part of an Israeli folk dance group throughout college, and even choreographed a few pieces for the group, I know very little about the contemporary dance scene in Israel. I’ve seen Batsheva Dance Company perform a few times here in New York, and today I took a movement workshop in Ohad Naharin’s “Gaga” movement language (more on that in another post), but there are definitely a lot of other companies and modern dance initiatives throughout Israel that I would love to learn about. I’m excited to follow Deborah’s work and look forward to reading about (and listening to) her findings.