One of the best resources a festival curator has is the program of another festival. Although every artistic director strives to find the newest and most unique performances, the stamp of approval of another known establishment is often the key to receiving invitations. The Karmiel Festival is a well-known springboard of this kind. An annual event in the northern Israeli city, the Karmiel Festival has been the first to present countless international companies to local audiences. These troupes are almost always picked up by other programmers and invited back to perform in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Such was the case with Igal Perry’s New York-based Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, which will return to Karmiel next week before performing as part of the Suzanne Dellal Center’s Tel Aviv Dance Festival.