The prestigious JISDF Festival presents selected solo dance works by leading choreographers from around the world and novel works by Israeli artists. This is an exceptional and festive event held by the Angela Dance Company, Jerusalem, inviting the audience to take part in a five day international dance event in the Jerusalem late-summer atmosphere with a lot of good wine.
Under open skies in the magical Beit Hansen compound and in the spectacular spaces of the Jerusalem Theater, the audience is invited to participate in the various events offered by the festival, including the central stage performances, the opening event, the closing concert, and other events rich in content. The festival present a multitude of solo dance works with a unique personal statement, touching upon social, environmental, political, and cultural issues, and simultaniously touching the worlds of the soul – moving along the boundaries of place and time and transcending into the abstract.
This year the festival hosts works and artists from China, Spain, Japan, Italy, Georgia, Israel, USA, Brazil, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany, and Romania. The best international and Israeli creators will perform solo dance works, original productions, and world premieres created especially for the festival.
5.9 – Opening Night
18:30 Opening Cocktail at the Jerusalem Theatre Plaza The First Glass of Wine is on the House! A contemporary circus show (Israel – France) and a Site-specific performance (Japan)
19:30 Gates Opening at the Hansen House – Opening Drink – The Second Glass of Wine is on the House! 🍷
20:30 International Dance on the Stage – China – Italy – Israel – Georgia
“So Close” is a dance solo reinterpreting the unique body curves of China’s Dai ethnic dance, thereby exploring the boundary between tradition and modernity. The piece reflects Shenyuan’s contemplation on the distance between inheritance and development by means of an interpretation of the Chinese character “人”. According to Shenyuan’s interpretation, “人” abstractly expresses an individual walking forward with an independent will, exploring and reaching outwards. From another perspective, it also represents the interdependence and connection between two individuals. Though we exist as individuals, development and evolution require mutual support and collaboration. By interpreting the pictogram of the Chinese character, Shenyuan expresses a desire to reach out and connect with the outside world, thereby demonstrating a distance which often appears unreachable, but is in fact most closely related to one’s own inner feelings.
u Shenyuan is a Chinese young dancer and choreographer, renowned as a dancer thanks to his storytelling body. He is founder of the HU-HU DANCE clothing brand and champion of the first season of “Dance Smash” on Hunan TV. Shenyuan won the Best Performance Award of the 4th Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition, the Silver Award of the 16th Rome International Choreography Competition of Italy, and the Jury Chairman’s Award of the 15th Seoul International Dance Competition. His most notable works are: “Nomadic”, “Ship of Theseus”, “SAMSARA”, and “Elephant in Room”. Photo: Yingzhou
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