Do You Appreciate Dance?

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

If you appreciate modern dance, you might have been interested to know that an exciting and diverse evening of extraordinary dance by Company E, a contemporary repertory dance company based in Washington, DC. was highlighted by the Israel Embassy in Washington back in February 2014.

The dance company was recently in our neighborhood, that is the territories 'beyond the Green Line', the 'disputed territories' or 'the Palestinian territories'.  I found out in this notice:

Paul Emerson, Artistic Director of Company E contemporary repertory dance company, an interdisciplinary arts organization based in Washington, DC will bring seven widely recognized dancers to implement a multi-day intensive workshops with Palestinians modern dancers, musicians and actors to perform “A Butterfly’s Burden,” a 60-minute, evening-length original work of modern/contemporary dance based entirely on the poetry of famed Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish. Paul Emerson will work with the American dancers and the local Palestinian dancers to choreograph a joint American - Palestinian dance production that will be shown in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Four free concerts were presented:

Jerusalem:

21.7.2016 - Al Hakawati - 8:00 p.m
22.7.2016 - Al Hakawati - 8:00 p.m

Ramallah:

23.7.2016 - Ramallah Cultural Palace - 1:00 p.m (youth concert)
23.7.2016 - Ramallah Cultural Palace- 8:00 p.m

Of course, Jews, whether American or otherwise, could not attend. Ramallah is off-bounds and no one, except a leftist, would show up at Al-Hakawati.

So, were performances in Ariel's Concert Hall planned?

No.

Will Emerson work with budding Jewish dancers like my granddaughter?

dance BMedad

No.

The US Consulate does not provide programs of entertainment, art, music, sports or whatnot for Jews living in communities (aka "illegitimate settlements", as President Obama defines our residency locations).

To me that is so uncultured an approach and policy.

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