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BRIDGE: Choreographic Dialogues

UCLA brings three of Tel Avivs leading and most creative contemporary choreographers to work directly with students in the Department of World Arts and Cultures during a two-week residency that will culminate in a Symposium and Public Performance.

Sunday, May 04, 2008
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Glorya Kaufman Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Israeli Dance: In & Out of the Middle East; Performance, Participation, and Cultural Perspectives


Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA
Margalit Oved Marshall, Choreographer/Dancer
UCLA Aavaa Dance
Sabela Grimes & Cheng-Chieh Yu
Moderator: Judy Mitoma, UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance


Israeli choreographers, Niv Sheinfeld, Ronit Ziv, Idan Cohen and Barak Marshall offer excerpts from their extraordinary body of work rooted in contemporary Jewish life, culture, and society. Heralded by critics as among the most compelling in contemporary repertoire, their work speaks of intense physicality, sheer intelligence and radical theatrical vision.

Idan Cohen was born and raised on Kibbutz Mizra and toured internationally as a member of Israel’s Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. His choreography was awarded first prize in the Margarita Arnaudova International Modern Dance Competition and second prize in Germany’s No Ballet Competition. Idan’s work is heavily influenced by his socialist kibbutz upbringing and has been praised for its psychological sensibility and musicality.

Ronit Ziv is recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education 2002 Choreographer of the Year Award. Her work Rose Can’t Wait won first prize in both the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s 1999 Shades of Dance Choreographer Competition and the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music’s Choreography Competition. Her work was also presented at the Pina Bausch Festival. Her work is satirical, character-driven and known for its intense physicality.

Niv Sheinfeld created his first piece Borderline in 1997 and received an award in the Shades Of Dance choreography competition. He has created work for the Bat-Sheva Ensemble, the Kibbutz Dance Co., and Muza Dance Co. He created and performed Ana Wa Enta together with dancer/choreographer Emanuel Gat and went on to perform the work in Israel, Singapore, and France. His highly theatrical work is vivid in its physical complexity.

Barak Marshall is the former house choreographer for the Batsheva Dance Company, winner of Paris’s 1998 Bagnolet Choreography Competition and the Bonnie Bird Award for Choreographic Excellence. Barak’s own company toured extensively throughout Europe to critical acclaim and in 1998 and 1999 he was the resident choreographer at American Dance Festival.


Bridge: Choreographic Dialogues is a joint project of: The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership and UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance.


See attached PDF for more details and how to purchase tickets. Performance will be followed by an Israeli Dance party.

Cost : Symposium is Free, Performance $20 ($12 for students)

Center for Intercultural Performance
(310) 206-1335

Download file: Bridge_brochure.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, World Arts & Cultures/Dance, Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance, The Jewish Federation's Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, and Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA (Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts)

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