Beyond Gaga

Programmed and produced an evening of contemporary Israeli (and Israeli-influenced) choreography for The Foundation for Jewish Culture and Tablet Magazine.

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. Choreographers Deganit ShemySaar Harari and Andrea Miller (of Deganit Shemy & CompanyLeeSaar The Company, and Gallim Dance, respectively) presented excerpts of their work, discussed their methods, and explore dthe 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.