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Batsheva Dance Company photographs


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

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Batsheva Dance Company, "widely recognized as one of the world's top dance ensembles" (Galili) is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was founded in 1964 with the financial backing of Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild and the artistic direction of Martha Graham. The company traveled throughout the world and during the first several decades, and it was known as "an Israeli group performing primarily American repertory with unbridled verve and vigor." (Gailili)

In 1990, Ohad Naharin, a dancer who had performed with Batsheva, was appointed as artistic director. His own choreography became the standard along with house choreographer Sharon Eyal; although he frequently invited internationally renowned choreographers including William Forsythe, Kylian, and Angelin Preljocaj and Israeli choreographers including Anat Danieli, Itzik Galili, and Inbal Pinto, to work with the company.

Galili, Deborah Friedes. "Batsheva Dance Company: From Graham to Gaga," Dance in Israel. (accessed 2020 December 4)

This collection consists of black and white photographs of twelve performances by the Batsheva Dance Company. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by performance; and on the back side of at least one photograph in each set, information identifying the performance, the choreographer, and the composer of the music is included in English. Less consistently, this same information is included in Hebrew. Usually, but not always, information identifying the set designer, the person responsible for lighting, the costume designer, and the featured performers are included. The date of the performance is never included; however, all are within copyright and almost every photograph is stamped with the photographers names.

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Finding Aid Author
Holly Mengel
Finding Aid Date
2020 December 4
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Cave of the Heart (Choreography: Martha Graham; Music: Samuel Barber), undated.
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Diversion of Angels (Choreography: Martha Graham; Music: Norman Dello-Joio), undated.
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Ebony Concerto (Choreography: John Cranko; Music: Igor Stravinsky), undated.
Box 1 Folder 3
Embattled Garden (Choreography: Martha Graham; Music: Carlos Surinach), undated.
Box 1 Folder 4
Errand into the Maze (Choreography: Martha Graham; Music: Gian Carlo Menotti), undated.
Box 1 Folder 5
Last Curtain (Choreography: Igal Perry; Music: Luciano Berio), undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Lyric Episode (Choreography: Mirali Sharon; Music: Zvi Avni), undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
Moon: Full (Choreography: John Butler; Music: Zvi Avni), undated.
Box 1 Folder 8
Percussion Concerto (Choreography: Norman Morrice; Music: Leonardo Salzedo), undated.
Box 1 Folder 9
Rooms (Choreography: Anna Sokolow; Music: Kenyon Hopkins), undated.
Box 1 Folder 10
Song of My People--Forest People--Sea (Choreography: John Cranko; Music: Ruth Ben-Zvi, E.W. Sternberg, and D. Zeltzer), undated.
Box 1 Folder 11
Taltela (Choreography: Mirali Sharon; Music: Pendericki Zimerman), undated.
Box 1 Folder 12

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