“Jewish people were historically a people of the book, reading Torah and studying,” said Noa Wertheim at the recent panel discussion, “The Diaspora of Israeli Dance.” “Now reconnecting with their ancient Mediterranean, working and cultivating the land, they have rediscovered their bodies and it is like an explosion.”
The idea that the physicality of Israeli choreography stems from the Jewish reconnection to the body was one of several opinions about Israeli dance introduced at last week’s discussion. The event, co-hosted by Barnard University, was part of the eighth Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center.
According to an interview with Arlene Jordan, the festival’s education director, “Israeli dance is everywhere right now. There were three pieces in this year’s festival alone that had an Israeli influence. We wanted to know more about it.”