International Choreography Competition
Machol Shalem Festival
The city of Jerusalem is a religious center, a crossroads of cultures and civilizations, and the Capital of the State of Israel. Furthermore, in recent years, thanks to the efforts or Machol Shalem Dance House, Jerusalem is becoming an international center for contemporary dance, where selected works of independent choreographers are presented, and a city that attracts dozens of artistic directors during the Jerusalem Dance Week.
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proud to be a partner of this important program, held for the 7th consecutive year. I would like to welcome our guests from abroad, whether returning to Jerusalem for what has now become a tradition or here for the first time. Your participation in the International Competition, the residency programs any many other collaborations created thanks to your visit to Israel help maintain a cultural bridge connecting Jerusalem with the rest of the world.
I would like to take this opportunity and wish you a Happy Hanukkah, the holiday of light. May the light of Israeli dance and cultural exchange rise and shine far and beyond.
Ziv Nevo Kulman
Head of the Division for Cultural Diplomacy
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Machol Shalem Dance House and its partners in organizing and producing the Jerusalem International Dance Week 2018 are excited to present an array of events created out of the fabric of Jerusalem and Israeli life.
The finest examples of Israeli creative work by outstanding artists at the start of their professional careers and by veteran artists, will be presented to dozens of dance-center and major-festival directors from all over the world.
We believe that Jerusalem can and should set an example of pluralistic discourse, freedom of expression, and appreciation of diverse opinions and modes of artistic expression. In an atmosphere of respect for the city’s complex human fabric, attendees will be able to see Jerusalem’s intrinsic power and be inspired by it.
Accordingly, we wish to initiate and develop original platforms oriented toward populations of different and diverse characters – platforms that create new opportunities to experience the gift of dance.
Dance and dance-related events will include: a professional panel discussing managerial and curatorial aspects of culture and art festivals; premiere performances of an international program aiming to promote Jerusalem artists, a program to promote religious and ultra-Orthodox women artists; and the gala opening of the Orr project which, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality’s Youth Advancement Department, will be training at-risk teens in lighting design and stage operations. The Jerusalem International Dance Week, together with the sixth International Choreography Competition, in a spirit of positive cooperation with peer international choreography competitions, make Jerusalem an emerging cultural hub and leading contemporary cultural brand.
Ruby Edelman – Founding CEO and Artistic Co-director
Ofra Idel – Founder and co-artistic director
Machol Shalem Dance House