Room Dances Festival arrives in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

Thirty-two years ago, choreographer and performer Amos Hetz created the Room Dances Festival to provide a platform for artists whose aspirations were not to fill a huge theater, but to come into close contact with an intimate audience.

The need seemed critical at the time, specific to the current period and the social climate. Hetz could not have known that the festival’s relevance would not diminish but rather intensify as a kind of artistic / emotional currency that appreciated exponentially over time. The desires to get rid of pretense and communicate closely and to break down the fourth wall and get closer to each other are more pertinent now than ever.

This year’s program exists within and outside the confines of the coronavirus pandemic. On the one hand, the festival will keep up to date with all current restrictions. Additionally, one of the performances on the show, that of Robert Steijn and Salome Schneebeli, will not occur due to COVID-19 related issues. On the other hand, the performances will offer unique and simplistic perspectives of artists struggling to come to terms with their audiences, something that has been hard to come by as of late.

The program is divided into three nights and will be presented in Tel Aviv, at the Studio Zehava & Jack of the Suzanne Dellal Center and at the Hazira Theater in Jerusalem. Program A features works by The Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group, Uri Turkenich, Ran Ben Dror, Tamar Lamm, Omer Uziel, and Hetz. Program B, which was to include Steijn and Schneebeli as well as Hetz, will now feature a conversation with Hetz and his creation. Program C includes works by Anat Shamgar and Sigal Bergman.

As in all previous years, Hetz set a theme for this year’s festival: Alone and Together. The festival promises to offer works that are sensitive to the space in which they will be performed, to those who observe and to the inner world of the performers.

OHAD NAHARIN’s dance creation ‘Yag’. (credit: ASCAF)

The Room Dances Festival will take place from November 11 to 13 at the Suzanne Dellal Center and at the Hazira Theater on November 17, 18 and 20. For more information visit

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