British-Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos on apples, ‘Alma’ and aliyah

Dancer Jason Ignacio shoves an apple in Kathryn Pilkington’s mouth. Eighty more green apples are scattered across the stage. Standing, Pilkington holds an armful more of the fruit that she unexpectedly drops when Ignacio invades her personal bubble. Thus begins Alma, a duet by British-Israeli choreographer Rachel Erdos. Next Friday and Saturday, this 2009 work… Read More

Low-calorie concert

There will definitely be dancing in the red-carpeted great hall of the Kennedy Center later this month, promises Caron Dale when klezmer Lox & Vodka plays the Millennium Stage. “Our concerts are very participatory,” she said. “We want people clapping, tapping, singing along, dancing. It doesn’t matter if anyone speaks Hebrew or Yiddish. We will… Read More

‘A sense of discovery’

Ohad Naharin doesn’t hesitate to discount the political innuendoes that audiences, both at home in Israel and particularly abroad, read into his choreography. The artistic director of Israel’s most important and renowned dance troupe, Batsheva Dance Company, Naharin takes pains to insist that his highly visceral and often richly imagistic movement vocabulary is about anything… Read More

Young ballerinas on the rise

Best friends Alexandra Farber and Beila Ungar finish each other’s sentences and mirror one another’s body language. The pair, both young dancers on the rise in the competitive professional ballet world, spent time one Sunday morning this past month in Peet’s Coffee in Bethesda catching up. Peet’s was their after-class haunt back when they were… Read More