Workshop with dance students from Israel

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Workshop with dance students from Israel


Between Christmas and New Year a group from Israel visited Tanz ist KLASSE! at the Staatsballett Berlin, a follow-up to the production "Multiplicity. Forms of silence and emptiness". The evening before they watched the production at the Komische Oper Berlin.


Stephanie Greenwald greeted the group in our foyer de la danse and took them to one of our ballet studios. There she began warm-up exercises for the muscles and joints. They all knew what to do, even though just a few of the Israelis spoke English. This is because the ballet terms are in French and applied worldwide.
In order to have enough space for the following exercises, they performed them diagonally. They practiced the steps of a polonaise as well as running triplets in rhythm. In the course of learning, the step combinations became more complex and complicated. The students helped each other and understood very quickly how they should dance.


In the middle of the hall, they practiced Jetés and Tendus like the professionals, only in a shorter amount of time. The last exercise before the choreographies was to perform jumps in rhythm and incorporate twists.
In a short pause, the former dancer Stephanie Greenwald explained the exact content of the production "Multiplicity. Forms of silence and emptiness" and the dancers got the opportunity to ask questions about the production.


Next the group studied a simplified choreography from the ballet and learned how to dance a canon. In a second choreography sequence, two teenagers danced around a third who portrayed Johann Sebastian Bach.
At the end, the group visited the training and spoke with Shahar Dori, a member of the Corps de ballet of the Staatsballett Berlin. Dori himself comes from Israel and by chance also met his former dance teacher, who accompanied the group.

Text: Sarah Franke (FSJlerin Culture at Tanz ist KLASSE! e.V.)