A performance to remember


Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, an Israeli dance troupe, recently performed a recital titled ‘If At All’ at the India Habitat Centre.

The dance piece was extremely graceful, and seemed to defy the laws of gravity. Rami Be’er, the art director of the KCDC who had choreographed the piece, said the steps revolve around the circle of life.

He said, “I don’t tell a story or bring narrative into my choreography. I use the visuals and music to connect with the viewer. The performance is not about judging right or wrong, but about travelling in one’s own journey. Therefore, anyone can interpret the meaning through one’s own world.”

The performance was indeed entertaining, and impressed the audience greatly. The dancers’ fluid movements and perfect coordination were admirable. One of the members of the audience, Alvira Shah, said she had enjoyed it immensely. “The performance was good and the hard work that the dancers had put in was visible in their absolutely impeccable synchronisation,” she said.

This is the first time that the troupe has come to India, and they have done so as a part of the celebrations of the relationship between India and Israel. Yoni Avital, the director of the troupe, said, “The performance is part of a year-long celebration of the 20 years of relationship between India and Israel. We are extremely honoured to have been invited by the Embassy of Israel and to get a chance to showcase our brand new piece in India. It is for the first time that a Kibbutz world premier has taken place outside Israel so it is all the more special for us.”

One of the dancers, Nir Fiken Shoam, agreed with this view. “I was excited to try something new but was a little scared since it was for the first time that we were showcasing a premiere outside Israel,” said Nir. Another dancer, Shani Cohen, shared some of her experiences in Delhi, which included shopping at Connaught Place.

“The air of India has authenticity in it. I loved the bazaar and shopped for earrings,” she said. Metrolife also talked to the members of the troupe about the recent bombing targeting Israelis.

They admitted that the news had scared them, but they’d decided to perform as per schedule anyway. Yoni said, “The news of bombing reached us just few hours before we were about to go on stage in Mumbai. All of us were shocked but decided to perform as per schedule and not to succumb to the fear that drives humans away from love and peace.”

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