Photodance was a unique photography exhibition that documented the history of the Suzanne Dellal Centre from its establishment to the present day. Israel’s leading photographers and artists captured the unforgettable dancers, creators, and moments that have made their mark on the world of Israeli dance over the past two decades. The exhibition included portraits of dancers in rehearsal and in performance, both elegantly staged as well as candidly caught. The most recent exhibition concluded with an auction conducted by Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company, one of the world’s largest auction houses.
Curator Hadas Maor‘s exhibition took place at the center in September 2009. The exhibition presents photographic artistic documentation of the best bands and creators associated with the center, including portraits of choreographers and performers, rehearsal photographs,
photographs from performances, staged photographs and more.
Click here for the catalog of the exhibition curator Hadas Maor from September 2009.
The exhibition of dancer and photographer Mikhail Brishnikov took place at the center in October 2012 and documents works by choreographers and dance groups from around the world, among them; Iris Erez, Batsheva Dance Company, Benjamin Milfayed, Mars Cunningham, Kelly and Pekondo, Gil Roman and more.
“In my travels around the world, I photographed for two decades with a conventional 35mm camera and mostly in black and white. Traditional landscapes, portraits and atmospheric photographs. I avoided photographing banal images from the field of dance as much as possible, for fear of dull and predictable results.
One day, as I was flipping through some old dance photography books, most notably Alexei Brodovich’s Ballet and Ballet in Paul Himmel-Gila’s action from 1954, I suddenly had enlightenment. I realized that if I wanted to capture the excitement of the show the moment it takes place, in the most exciting and impressive way, I have to stay away from sharp and clear photographs And turn to the districts of the blurred edges and the amorphous figures. Mikhail Brishnikov.”
Click here for a catalog of dancer and photographer Mikhail Brishnikov from October 2012
DanceEuropa (1999-2006)DancEuropa, the precursor to Tel Aviv Dance, was an initiative of the Suzanne Dellal Centre and the representatives of the European Union in Israel to expose Israeli audiences to the richness and diversity of contemporary European dance. DancEuropa was a result of a cultural collaboration between Israel and Europe, serving as an important means of building bridges, communication and cultural exchange, a partnership which continues today. The Delegation of the European Commission, together with the embassies and cultural institutes of the Member States, adopted DancEuropa as an EU project as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen cultural ties between Israel and the European Union.
Summer Dance – Maholohet
Summer Dance was an annual summer dance festival showcasing the highlights from Israeli dance throughout the year.
A partnership with the Community of Madrid, Cervantes Institute, and Spanish Embassy, Madridanza was a week-long festival showcasing the best of contemporary and Flamenco dance from Spain.
Shades in Dance – Gvanim B’Machol
Shades in Dance is a biennial mentorship program that pairs young choreographers with a professional artistic director to create a fully produced premiere that serves as the artists’ debut into the Israeli dance scene. Many of today’s top Israeli choreographers began their professional careers as part of this project, including Yasmeen Godder, Inbal Pinto, Emanuel Gat, Noa Wertheim of Vertigo Dance Company, Anat Danieli, Barak Marshall, Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal, Renana Raz, and many more.
Shades in Dance was first held in Ramla in 1984 under the direction of Elida Gera. It was a joint venture of Omanut La’am under the direction of Yossi Frost and Discount Enterprises under the direction of Yigal Sasson. It was established as a competition in order to encourage artists to participate and to enable them to create another piece by winning a prize. It became a program of Suzanne Dellal Centre upon the Centre’s founding in 1989. Shades in Dance was the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s choreography prize.