A Long summer of dance

The summer months have always brought in a major festival at the Suzanne Dellal Center. What was once Hot Dance evolved to Tel Aviv Dance and now to Suzanne Dellal International Season. Regardless of the title, the summer months boast the spiciest and most diverse program of the year. This year, in spite of massive renovations at the center, Artistic Director Yair Vardi decided to extend the festivities to September and October, making this festival the longest yet.

Over the course of the next four months, Suzanne Dellal will host over two hundred dancers and choreographers and twenty-one international companies.

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The program begins in late July with the Navdhara India Dance Theater with choreographer Ashley Lobo’s Agni. Performing in Israel for the first time, NIDT brings a combination of traditional and contemporary Indian dance. The next foreign guests will be Salsa Viva Dance Company from Columbia. Also visiting Israel for the first time, this troupe will present a staged performance as well as a free, mass dance in the Suzanne Dellal courtyard.

The beginning of August is dedicated to Danza Espana, a capsule festival that takes a deep look at the current trends in Spanish dance. Opening the festival is duo Rojas and Rodriguez with the production Azul Vida (Blue Life). Israel’s Remangar Flamenco Dance Company will perform Temblor followed by Manuel Linan’s Baile de Autor (Author Dance) and Nova Galega’s Son.

Also performing in Danza Espana will be Kobi Zarko with A Spanish Scent, Emilio Ochando and Company with Siroco, Company Sharon Fridman with All Ways and Kor’sia Dance Company with Cul de Sac. The festival will close with a collaboration between Michal Natan’s Israeli Flamenco Dance Company (Compas) and Spanish dancer Adrian Santana in Kimica, and Maria Juncal with Emotions.

From the end of August through October, a long list of Israeli artists will premiere new works. Adi Boutrous will unveil Submission, a co-production with Theatre de la Ville in Paris and La Faiencerie Theater Cinema. Two evenings, Women Create and Men Create will host up-and-coming young choreographers presenting new works. Kaiser Antonino Dance Ensemble will premiere a group piece entitled Radical Roots.

Jerusalem-based choreographer Miriam Engel will premiere Nucleus.

Fans of Israel’s major companies, Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and the Israel Ballet will have many performances to choose from.

Each of these troupes will perform at various times throughout the season.

For more information about Suzanne Dellal International Season, visit www.suzannedellal.org.il.