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Arkadi Zaides Digs Deeper Into Dance

By Stacey Menchel Kussell

Arkadi Zaides Digs Deeper Into Dance
“There is a certain feeling of ‘in-between’ that you inherit as an immigrant. My life as an artist has expanded this feeling,” said Arkadi Zaides in an interview with The Arty Semite. “Living all over the world, performing and choreographing, it is hard to say what constitutes my home. My home is everywhere.”Read More


Two Choreographers Interpret the Shoah

By Stacey Menchel Kussell

Two Choreographers Interpret the Shoah
“It is always controversial when someone makes a work about the Holocaust, especially when that person is not Jewish. It can bring up a lot of emotion and anger,” said Jonathan Hollander, director of Battery Dance Company, in an interview with The Arty Semite.Read More


Hofesh Shechter Uses Dance To Unite People

By Stacey Menchel Kussell

Hofesh Shechter Uses Dance To Unite People
Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s newest politically-charged production is genre-bending. It transports the audience to a dark, nightmarish dreamscape.Read More


Tango Takes Flight in '8cho'

By Stacey Menchel Kussell

Tango Takes Flight in '8cho'
In Brenda Angiels’ “8cho” (pronounced “ocho”), the audience is transported to a smoky tango nightclub. The musicians on guitar, piano and accordion provide a steamy, fast-paced rhythm, while Viviana Finkelstein, a petite, blond bombshell, catches the eye of two competing suitors. The romantic drama of the scene looks familiar, but this tango is anything but ordinary. Attached to a bungee cord, Finkelstein is thrown from man to man high into the air — every spin, twist, and dip defying gravity and bringing new energy to this classic Argentine dance.Read More


Break Dancing Across the Green Line

By Stacey Menchel Kussell

Break Dancing Across the Green Line
Philadelphia’s famed hip-hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement brought its innovative style, and universal themes, to Israel and the West Bank.Read More






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