Over the past few years, Israel has consistently produced some of the most exciting, innovative, and unexpected choreographers working in the field today. As a result, contemporary dance is one of Israel’s most respected and innovative exports. Under the influence of Ohad Naharin’s signature movement language Gaga and the worldwide success of the Batsheva Dance Company, a new generation of Israeli choreographers has been making a name for themselves in the contemporary dance world. Join renowned young choreographers Deganit Shemy, Saar Harari and Andrea Miller (of Deganit Shemy & Company, LeeSaar The Company, and Gallim Dance, respectively) as they share excerpts of their work, discuss their methods, and explore the meaning of contemporary movement in relation to historical conceptions of the Jewish Body. Moderated by Elizabeth Zimmer and presented by the Foundation for Jewish Culture and the JCC in Manhattan.
Beyond Gaga: Contemporary Israeli Dance and the Reinvention of the Jewish Body will be held on October 22, 2009 at 8 PM at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. Tickets are $10 and are available online or by phone at 646.505.5708. You can also RSVP on Facebook.
This event is presented in partnership with Nextbook Inc., as part of Jewish Body Week (October 18-25) – a series of events in New York City exploring the subjects raised in Melvin Konner’s 2009 book, The Jewish Body. Visit Jewish Body Week’s website for a full schedule of events.