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Dance is artistic movement of the body. Dance is usually paired with music, which serves as a platform for communication or expression. A common movement, such as walking, can be performed in dance, in circles or to a certain rhythm, and occurs in a special framework. Rami Be’er, an Israeli contemporary dance choreographer for Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, made great use of circles and walking statements in his piece If At All.
Israeli contemporary dance is a creative dance style that has picked and pulled from various dance styles over time. “For the past eighty years, Israeli dancers have reflected and helped to shape the internal dialogues of Israeli life and contributed to a global exchange of dance ideas, especially with modern dancers from Europe and America” (Eshel 61). The Israeli contemporary dance art form was not created over night. In fact, “there are many biblical descriptions of dances in ancient Israel related to tilling of the earth, mourning, military victories, joy, entertainment, and religious rites, suggesting a rich dance tradition” (Eshel 61). “The pioneers of artistic dance in the early twentieth century had to create dance ‘from scratch’. At the time, although many Jews participated in concert dance, it had no Jewish voice” (Eshel 62). They believed that Israeli dance should reflect a modern view of the world. In the 1920s, the first Israelis to create artistic dance were the dancers and choreographers Baruch Agadati and Rina Nikova, and the teacher Margalit Ornstein (Eshel 63). Agadati employed Jewish gesticulation. Agadati said, “Gestures are characteristic of Jews. The Jew is generally full of movement, never talking without his hands, and when he dances, he wishes to explain. My aim in dance is t...

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...t the work. Women are proved strong and men are proved gentle. One section that really stands out is at the very end of the performance. Everyone comes back on stage one by one, each walking on very confidently. Every dancer that files on enters upon the previous dancer’s completion of the phrase. This section stands out largely because it repeats the symmetry element. Each dancer in a different spot and different angle. This section encompassed the entire stage, a great use of space. The dancers eventually are in unison and complete the phrase over and over with each other. Deep squats and hand gestures were prominent in this section as well as in various parts of the performance. The red lighting in this final section made the scene feel intense and powerful. All of the dancers at this point were in costumes of skirts, sweaters, and girdles representing equality.

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