Elie Lazar is an incredibly energetic man. His gusto has been an immeasurable asset to him throughout his life. It is what set him apart from his peers as a dancer and is what makes him fit to take on the immense challenge of establishing a new dance company in Israel. Next week, Lazar will present the 10 dancers of the new Ballet Ness Ziona in an evening of his own creation entitled Hofesh.
Lazar walks into Café Dubnov in Tel Aviv wearing sweats and a faded gray T-shirt. His quick gait evokes the athletic physique that made him a shoo in for roles in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes.
“I meant to change into something presentable,” he smiles, “but I came straight from a costume fitting with the dancers.”