Israeli Folk Dances
This series salutes the resoluteness, bravery and dedication of all those who came from the four corners of the earth and built their home in Israel. These dances express the memories and longings of the many Diasporas, the confidence of the pioneers and the spirit of thankful prayer. This series, danced with harmony, spontaneity and joy, expresses the unity of all the People of Israel.
Fiddler on the Roof
The renowned painter Marc Chagall succeeded in expressing on canvas Jewish symbols of life in exile. In many lands, especially in Eastern Europe, a unique Jewish way of life blossomed in thousands of Jewish towns and villages, namely the well-known "shtetlach." The famous play "Fiddler on the Roof," which is based on a story by Shalom Aleichem, managed to breathe a renewed spirit of life and interest in shtetl life all over the world. This series of dance productions draws its inspiration from shtetl culture
The "Shalom" Troupe performs folk dances that it has collected during its numerous journeys around the world. Choreographer Gavri Levy successfully and intelligently presents the style and spirit of Greece, Hungary, South America, Russia and many other countries.
In their wanderings from place to place, the Gypsies have created a one-of-a-kind musical world that combines happiness and sadness, unites them, and preserves their ethnic uniqueness. These dances express the Gypsies' special lifestyle, their feelings, and their unity with nature and their surroundings.
With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, a tremendous effort was made to bring Jews to Israel, especially from Islamic countries. The new immigrants ("olim") brought traditions and folklore with them from their homelands, as well as customs thousands of years old. In this series, Gavri Levy was able to preserve the charming dances that the immigrants brought with them and give them a stage.
These dances express the rich folklore, legends and imagination of Middle Eastern peoples. These prominent qualities inspire a series of dances that are rich in delicate and intricate movement that can be compared to the poetry of the body and to its beauty, as well as to the relationships between individuals.
Harvest, harvest festival, Simchat Beit HaShoeivah (the water-drawing festival), the shearing festival…
This dance series expresses the Jewish people's relationship with its Land of Milk and Honey. The Hebrew calendar and the Jewish holidays, since Biblical days, have revolved around the agricultural cycle, from planting to harvest. These dances transmit to us the joy and happiness accompanying the bounty that the land provides us.