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.

Batshva's inception was marked by Israel's growing interest in American modern dance, mainly Martha Graham and Anna Sokolow, and classes in Graham technique began being offered at the time. Some of these classes were taught by Rina Schenfeld and Rena Gluck, who were the company's principal dancers for many years.[2] Bethsabee de Rothschild withdrew her funding in 1975, and the company began to gradually shed the Graham aesthetic that had dominated during the company's early years. It was during this transitional period that the company began to include the works of emerging Israeli choreographers into it's repertory.[3]

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.[4]

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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. ^ Galili, Deborah (2012). "Contemporary Dance in Israel". 
  4. ^ Herman, Judi (October 2012). "What is special about Batsheva". Jewish Renaissance 12 (1): 36–37. 

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