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The Batsheva Dance Company Celebrates 50 Years of Creativity in Israel and Abroad

February 25, 2014


The Batsheva Dance Company was created in Tel Aviv by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild back in 1964 with the legendary American choreographer, Martha Graham as artistic advisor. When Israeli-born Ohad Naharin (2008 FJC Jewish Cultural Achievement Award) became artistic director in 1990, his innovative and distinctive choreographic voice propelled the company into a new era. This year, Batsheva is celebrating its 50th anniversary, with a variety of activities that will take place around the world, embracing the company’s past and future. Also of note is the forthcoming documentary Mr. Gaga which received a 2013 grant from FJC’s Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film.

In Israel:

• Groundbreaking ceremony of Batsheva’s future home at the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. April. 2014, TBA.
Batsheva Dance Company and Magasin 3 Museum from Stockholm are collaborating to create an arts campus at the old Central Bus Station of Tel Aviv. The campus will be a new center for the art of performance and the visual arts, embracing the widest diversity of artistic expression – a new world-class, multi-disciplinary cultural landmark in Tel Aviv. Architect: David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates, London.

• Launching Batsheva’s Archive, June 2014
On August 2012, and with the vision of the Company’s 50th anniversary in 2014, Batsheva announced the establishment of its Archive, with a mission to amass all possible materials from the Company’s 50 years of activity into a digitally accessible collection that will be available to the public at large and to the academic world. Government funding has been awarded the archive project, with the understanding that the materials are part of Israel’s national heritage. The two-year endeavor will be “open” to the public with a launching at the Dance Library of Israel on June 20th, 2014.

• “Batsheva Dance Company: Body, Dance, Culture”, June 18 – 19, 2014
An International Academic Conference, at the Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University.
Citing a quote of the late Israeli dance critic, Giora Manor, that the Batsheva Dance Company is “the flagship of modern dance in Israel” Dr. Liora Malka Yellin of Tel Aviv University’s Multidisciplinary Program in the Arts is rallying dance scholars from around the world to the first academic conference dedicated to the study of Batsheva. Its main aim is to promote the study of the Company, its history, repertoire, and international influence over the past 50 years. Two leading dance scholars have been invited as keynote speakers at the conference: Professor Mark Franko from the USA and Professor Gabriele Brandstetter from Germany.

• Batsheva’s Jubilee Celebration, June 21, 2014 at The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. On that evening, generations of Batsheva dancers, friends and government dignitaries will gather at the beautiful Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center for a historic performance and gala.

Trip to Israel:

• BATSHEVA JUBILEE CELEBRATION IN ISRAEL, June 15 – 22nd, 2014. Come to Israel! Celebrate with friends! Batsheva is inviting Israeli culture lovers to visit Israel for a week-long immersion in the vibrant cultural life of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that will take place from June 15 – 22nd, 2014. The tour will culminate in a week-end of celebrations honoring the fantastic lineage of dance makers who have made Batsheva one of the most beloved dance companies in the world. The program is tailor-made and offers a wonderful blend of travel and cultured adventure and fun. Participants will discover the arts as well as the special experience each city has to offer, through private guided tours, culinary exploration and stimulating conversations with Batsheva’s artistic director, Ohad Naharin, our Board members and fellow travelers.

For information and the itinerary, follow this link:

In the USA:

• USA Jubilee Tour, October 22 – November 22, 2014. Batsheva will return to the USA for a major tour of leading performing arts centers which have presented the company’s work for over a decade. The Company will hold a New York gala and other events in the major cities as part of the company’s desire to increase awareness and raise birthday gifts that will help insure the stability of the next 50 years. Tour dates will be announced by each venue in the May, 2014. The venues include: Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, Los Angeles’ Royce Hall and UCLA, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Dance Center, New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In Europe:

• European Jubilee Celebration, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, December 15 – 26, 2014. The prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot will host the company for a celebratory residence, with two different programs over a two-week run. This will be an opportunity for the European arts community to celebrate Batsheva’s 50th anniversary.

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