Top Spots for Dance in Israel

1. Barak Marshall Dance Theatre—Tel Aviv-Yafo

Barak Marshall is seen as one of the Israel’s most innovate creators of dance. Marshall’s first work, Aunt Leah, won first prize in Suzanne Dellal’s 1995 Shades of Dance Choreography Competition. Shortly after, he premiered his second work, The Land of Sad Oranges, based on a story by Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani. Marhsall’s third work, Emma Goldman’s Wedding, represented Israel in the 1998 Bagnolet International Competition where it won the first prize, as well as the Prix d’Auteur Award, the Bonnie Byrd Award for New Choreography, and the National ADAMI Award. Marshall has also choreographed for the Batsheva Ensemble, the Philadanco Dance Company, MDT Dance Company and Austria’s ABCD Dance Company. Since 2008, Marshall’s works have been presented over 800 times all over the world.

Website: http://www.barakmarshall.com/

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2. Batsheva Dance Company—Tel Aviv-Yafo

Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed as one of the world’s most exciting contemporary dance companies. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin (subject of the recent documentary Mr. Gaga) led the company from 1990-September 2018, at which point longtime company member and former rehearsal director Gili Navot became artistic director. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the company tours extensively throughout the country and internationally, performing 250 times annually. The company holds residency in the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Website: https://batsheva.co.il/en/home

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Street Address: Yehieli St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6514946

 

3. Clipa Theater—Tel Aviv-Yafo

Actor and musician Dmitry Tyulpanov and dancer, director, and choreographer Idit Herman established Clipa Theater in 1995. The two performers created a unique performance language that combines theater, dance, design, and music. The resulting work is defined as Total Theater, in which the creators have complete control over all aspects of a show: movement, use of space, set design, costumes, sound, lighting and direction.

Website: http://www.clipa.co.il/en/

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Street Address: HaRakevet St 38, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6777006

 

4. Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company​— Tel Aviv-Yafo

Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak founded their dance company in 1992, and have since choreographed, directed, and designed many award-winning dance performances for their company that have been presented in Israel and abroad. The company consists of 12 dancer/actors working together to connect various artistic disciplines.

Website: http://www.inbalpinto.com/

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Street Address: 7 HaAchim Mislavita

 

5. Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company—Ga’aton

Rami Be’er is the Artistic Director of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC), one of the world’s leading dance companies. In 1973, KCDC was founded by the Yehudit Arnon, who established the International Dance Village. With its technically strong and physically eclectic cast of dancers, KCDC performs worldwide.

Website: http://www.kcdc.co.il/en/

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Street Address: Ga’aton Ga’aton, 25130

 

6. Noa Dar Dance Group—Tel Aviv-Yafo

Before founding the Noa Dar Dance Group, Noa Dar danced with Batsheva Dance Company, Merce Cunningham, and was a founding member of Tamar Dance Company. She established The Noa Dar Dance Group in Tel Aviv in 1993. The company’s dancers, musicians and visual artists all collaborate in the creative process. The company has been awarded the Minister of Culture Prize, the Rosenblum Prize from the city of Tel Aviv, and the Landau Prize from the National Lottery Council for the Arts. In addition to performing, the company conducts regular classes at The Noa Dar Studio, workshops and lecture demonstrations for dance students and the public.

Website: http://noadar.com

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Street Address: 6 Kaplan Street

 

7. Sderot ADAMA—Mitzpe-Ramon

Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal are the co-founders and directors of Sderot ADAMA Dance Center and the creative choreographers and managers of ADAMA Dance Company. They began dancing together at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company workshop in Kibbutz Ga’aton. Their first original piece, “Two-Room Apartment,” won first place at the international “Biennale” choreography competition in Paris. They describe their choreographic style as a unique Israeli combination of movement, theater and contemporary dance.

Website: https://adama.org.il/en/movement-center/

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Street Address: Sderot

 

8. Suzanne Dellal Centre—Tel Aviv-Yafo

Established in 1989, the Suzanne Dellal Centre strives to cultivate, support, and promote contemporary dance in Israel. Since its founding, it has succeeded in positioning dance as a central part of Israeli culture. The Centre offers diverse performances, events, festivals, programs, and workshops. Its multi-level campus includes four performance halls, rehearsal studios, a restaurant and cafe, and wide plazas for outdoor performances and events. The Centre is home to the Batsheva Dance Company and Inbal Dance Theatre. In 2010, the Suzanne Dellal Centre was awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s most prestigious prize and highest honor.

Website: https://www.suzannedellal.org.il/en

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Street Address: Yehieli St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6514946

 

9. Vertigo—Jerusalem

Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al founded Vertigo in 1992. The inspiration for the dance company’s name came from Sha’al’s personal experience with the sensation of vertigo during his years in the air force. The contemporary dance company aims for its of its works to challenge the viewer, and sees itself as a representative of Israeli art at its best. All of Vertigo’s works, especially the two most recent, Mana and White Noise, have achieved worldwide recognition and success. In addition to performances, Vertigo gives regular master classes and workshops.

Website: https://vertigo.org.il/en/   

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Street Address: Gerared Behar Center, 11 Bezalel St

 

10. Yasmeen Godder—Tel Aviv-Yafo

Yasmeen Godder was born and raised in Jerusalem, and moved to New York with her family at age eleven. She attended High School of Performing Arts in New York City, and received her BA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She has lived in Tel Aviv since 1999. Her choreography has been presented at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Dance Center, New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, Hebbel Am Ufer in Berlin, the Place Theatre in London, and France’s Montpellier Dance Festival in France, among others. The company won the Ministry of Culture’s Prize for Small Ensemble for the performance of Singular Sensation.

Website: http://www.yasmeengodder.com/

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Offered Classes:
Open Morning Class: Tuesday: 9:00am-10:45am
     One class: 50 NIS a class
     Five classes: 200 NIS
     Ten classes: 350 NIS
Open morning Yoga Class:  Sunday and Thursday 9:00am – 10:15am
     One class: 40 NIS
Six classes: 200 NIS
Contemporary Dance Classes for People living with Parkinson’s Disease: Monday: 11:30am-12:45pm; Wednesday: 10:30am-11:45am
     One class: 60 NIS
     Ten classes: 500 NIS

Street Address: Mandel Cultural Center, Hatkuma St. 1