Batsheva Dance Company

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This article is about the Israeli dance troupe. For the Biblical figure, see Bathsheba.
Batsheva Dance Company, 2007

The Batsheva Dance Company (Hebrew: להקת בת שבע) is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1] It was founded by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild in 1964.

From its inception until 1979, Batsheva's prima ballerina was Rina Schenfeld; she and Rena Gluck were the company's principal dancers for many years.[2]

Soon after Ohad Naharin was appointed artistic director in 1990, he founded the youth company, Batsheva Ensemble, for dancers aged between 18 and 24. Its graduates include the choreographers Hofesh Shechter and Itzik Galili. The ensemble toured the United Kingdom and performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2012.[3]

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  1. ^ Brafman, Ora (January 1998). "Israel honors its baroness of dance". Dance Magazine. Retrieved 7 November 2012.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Dori, Roni (16 July 2009). "Divinely inspired". Haaretz. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Herman, Judi (October 2012). "What is special about Batsheva". Jewish Renaissance 12 (1): 36–37. 

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