Repping it up

Thirty years ago, when the Jerusalem Dance Theater (JDT) was founded, Israeli dance was in a very different place. Struggling to define itself against a backdrop of European and North American influences, the local esthetic was comprised largely of repertoire crafted by foreigners. Through this hodgepodge of outside voices, a community of Israeli dancers emerged, bringing the urgency of this climate, people and culture to the forefront of stages. Repertory companies were replaced by troupes dedicated to the singular vision of an artistic director. Three decades later, the Israeli community has come to lead the international arena, and the place of the repertory company has returned to its past relevance.


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