La MaMa, The Jewish Museum, The Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group
In March, audiences will have a rare opportunity to see two live, New York debut performances of late Israeli dance composer, theorist, and textile artist Noa Eshkol's work. Four dancers from The Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group-ranging from their 30s to early 70s-will be coming from Israel to New York City for these special dance events: Mor Bashan, Noga Goral, Racheli Nul-Kahana, and Ruti Sela.
The first performance, on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 pm, is part of the 2nd annual Contemporary Israeli Dance Week presented by La Mama at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street, Second Floor, Manhattan. Tickets are $25/$20 Students & Seniors. Information is available at 212.475.7710 or www.lamama.org.
The second performance, on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm, is presented by The Jewish Museum at 545 West 22nd Street, Manhattan, in partnership with Dia Art Foundation and in conjunction with the current exhibition Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol at The Jewish Museum. In the exhibition, Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart engages Noa Eshkol's practice, presenting a selection of Eshkol's scores, drawings and wall carpets alongside her own five-channel film installation and photographic work. Lockhart will create a unique architectural intervention for this dance performance in New York, bringing Eshkol's work into the context of contemporary art. Tickets for the March 10 performance are $10. Tickets and information are available at 212.423.3337 or www.TheJewishMuseum.org.
The Contemporary Israeli Dance Week, curated by Michal Gamily and Hila Gamily-Kaplan, and presented by La MaMa from March 7 to 10, 2013, celebrates and shares unique qualities of contemporary Israeli dance. The Festival consists of five Israeli companies with dancers and choreographers ranging in age from 20 to 70 years. A 22-minute film, Private l's trailer, directed by Oren Shkedi and choreographed by Dana Ruttenberg will also be shown. A complete schedule for the week of performances of Renana Raz, Noa-Zuk, Gil C. Harush, Dana Katz, and The Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group is available at www.lamama.org.
Racheli Nul-Kahana is a 1963 graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance who has been a senior dancer in the Group since the 1960s. She presently teaches movement and movement notation in the Movement and Dance Department of Seminar HaKibbutzim College of Education. Ruti Sela has been a senior dancer in the Group since the 1970s, performing in Israel and abroad. Mor Bashan and Noga Goral, both graduates of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, joined the Group in 2008.