axs.com, Mark Horning | October 24, 2014
PlayhouseSquare welcomes Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
Cted as "a troupe that belongs to the world elite" at the Weimar Festival in Germany, DANCECleveland presents The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, who will be performing for two performances in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare on Nov. 8 and 9.
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) is considered one of Israel's most vibrant dance companies. They're known for their innovation and sophisticated choreography as well as stunning dancers. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office by calling (216) 241-6000 or by going online at www.dancecleveland.org.
Featured on the program will be the evening length work If At All that was choreographed by Artistic Director Rami Be'er. The core theme is relationship as explored through transcendental and revolving events set to music by Volcano Choire, H. Gudnadottir, Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, Murcof, Olafur Arnalds, M. Richter, J. Johansson, L. Einaudi and Ophir Leibovitch.
The company is well recognized by its work - Be'er has performed over 50 of his works internationally. By combining a technically superb and physical cast of dancers to his avant guard choreography, it has raised KCDC to the pinnacle of Israeli contemporary dance earning them the privilege to perform at some of the most widely known and respected venues in the world.
Anna Kisselgoff (The New York Times) said, "Be'er favors a general modern-dance idiom that makes use of the entire body rather than isolated steps, and the company is more than well trained in this idiom."
Along with his work with KCDC, Be'er has choreographed works for such diverse groups as Gratz Opera Ballet (Austria), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Hungarian National Ballet, New Danish Dance Theatre (Denmark), Staatsballett Berlin (Germany), Croatian National Ballet Theatre, Reykjavik National Ballet (Iceland), Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg (Germany), Ballett Basel (Switzerland), Poznan Opera House Ballet (Poland), National Theatre Ballet Brno (Czech Republic) and more.
DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters nationally that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.