February 18, 1895
Bendery, Bessarabia (Moldavia\Transnistria)
|Died||18 January 1976(aged 80)|
|Resting place||Trumpeldor Cemetery, Tel Aviv|
|Alma mater||Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design|
|Home town||Odessa; Tel Aviv|
|Awards||Worthy Citizen of Tel Aviv Award, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, 1976|
Baruch Agadati (Hebrew: ברוך אגדתי, also Baruch Kaushansky-Agadati; January 8, 1895 – January 18, 1976) was a Russian Empire-born Israeli classical ballet dancer, choreographer, painter, and film producer and director. He is considered a legendary figure in Israeli culture.
Baruch Kaushansky (later Agadati) was born to a Jewish family in Bessarabia, and grew up in Odessa. He immigrated to Palestine in the early 1900s. In Palestine, he was known for performing Jewish folk dances in an expressionist style.
Agadati attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem from 1910–14. When World War I started in 1914, he was in Russia visiting his parents and was unable to return to Palestine. He remained there and studied classical ballet, joining the dance troupe of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1919, he returned to Palestine. In 1920, he moved to the Neve Tzedek neighborhood in Tel Aviv, where he lived until his death. He is buried in Trumpeldor Cemetery in Tel Aviv.
Dance and film career
Kaushansky returned to Russia during the First World War and took the name Agadati. After Agadati's return to Palestine in 1919, he began to give solo dance recitals and became one of the pioneers of cinema in Israel. Agadati purchased cinematographer Yaakov Ben Dov's film archives in 1934, when Ben Dov retired from filmmaking. He and his brother Yitzhak used it to start the AGA Newsreel. He directed the early Zionist film entitled This is the Land (1935).
In 1924, Agadati choreographed a dance based on the Romanian Hora that became known as "Hora Agadati". It was performed by the Ohel Workers' Theatre, which toured pioneer settlements in the Jezreel Valley. The dancers form a circle, holding hands and move counterclockwise following a six-beat step in a walk-walk-step-kick-step-kick pattern.
- 1910 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, with Boris Schatz
- 1914-19 Dance and painting, Odessa
- 1930 Painting, Florence
- Odessa, classical ballet, painting and music
Awards and recognition
- 1976 Worthy Citizen of Tel Aviv Award, Municipality of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Archival photographs of Baruch Agadati in costume, taken during the late 1920s.
Photographer: Atelier Willinger, Vienna
Collection of the Bat Sheva and Yitzhak Katz Archive, Information Center for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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