Israel tour of first Sino-Israeli modern dance performance ‘Co-existence’ sees success

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/1/21 16:23:40

The Israel tour of Co-existence, the first modern dance co-production between China and Israel, concluded on Friday to huge success.

The dance is the first event among the series of "Happy Spring Festival" activities being held by the Chinese embassy in Israel, and a special program celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and China as well.

Since January 16, the dance, jointly produced by artists and performed by 14 dancers from the two countries, was performed four times in different cities in Israel.

Cultural exchange is one important part of the innovative comprehensive partnership between China and Israel, said Chinese Ambassador to Israel Zhan Yongxin in an interview with the Xinhua News Agency.

Acting as a bridge, culture exchange is helpful for people of the two countries to understand and get to know each other better, he added.

The Chinese embassy in Israel conducted numerous cultural activities in Israel in 2017, including the China Cultural Season and China Film Festival.

The dance of Co-existence (DU-K in Hebrew) expresses the similarities and differences between the two rich and dynamic cultures of China and Israel, combining tradition and innovation, a combination of Western aesthetics with Chinese elements.

The show was inspired by the two-month residency of Israeli choreographer Eyal Dadon and his 14 Chinese and Israeli dancers in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.

There's a lot about historical shapes, maps and structures in the piece itself, and a lot of Chinese elements in the piece as well. People can hear Chinese music, Chinese language and Hebrew together, said Dadon, who choreographed the dance.

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