ZviDance Company: "Dabke"
Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
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One does not just watch a dance by Zvi Gotheiner. One enters a world with its own internal logic, a sensual, organic world of movement, language, and images where one is pulled along by currents unseen and inevitable.
ZviDance, a company comprised of athletic and lyrical dancers, blends contemporary aesthetics with lush, full-bodied movement.† A world-class dance company, ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience. ZviDance has received critical praise and prestigious grants for its artistic pursuits. The company performs frequently at home in New York City at venues such as the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. Acting as a cultural ambassador for the city, ZviDance has toured across North America to festivals such as Jacobís Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival, and abroad to Germany, Poland, Russia, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.
Zvi Dance will perform Dabke at the Orpheum in April.† The piece is based on a Middle Eastern folk dance, a line dance often performed at weddings, holidays and community celebrations.† The dance strongly references solidarity and traditionally only men participated.† The dancers, linked by hands or shoulders stomp the ground with complex rhythms, emphasizing their connection to the land.† Zvi grew up on a Kibbutz in Israel and Friday nights were folk dance nights.† One of the most beloved of these dances is a† Debka, albeit an Israeli rendition of the Arab Dabke. When the European Jews moved to Israel during the first decades of the 20th Century, they borrowed elements from Arabic culture, that captured the sound, color, taste and rhythm of the Levant.† The Dabke is a case in point.
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