On the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Utopia; “Jerusalem Is Built – A Dream In a Sketch” by Boris Schatz, the founder of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, a group of Jerusalem artists are returning to this exemplary text researching Shutz’s utopian Jerusalem in 2018. This is a proposal for an artistic ritual, which takes place in the imaginary temple of contemporary art founded by the author. The ceremony is based on the main ideas emanating from the utopian-socialist connection, and takes place 100 years after its publication.

Choreographer and Director: Elad Schechter Musical Direction, piano & melodica: Orian Shukrun
Performing: Hichal Salomon, Shoam Gabbay, Liav Baruch, Nadav Friedman, Nitzan Lederman, Lital Ben Horin, Nir viden, Harel Gerzotis, Michael Levy
Text Processing and Dramaturgy: Ofri Omer Hoffman
Costume Design: Rosie Canaan
Photographer: Dana Bar Siman Tov.

The show was produced courtesy of Beit Avi Chai as part of the Made in JLM Festival

Elad Schechter is a Jerusalem native dancer and choreographer. A graduate of the Jerusalem High School for the Arts, served in the IDF Theatre department and danced in many professional companies, such as ‘Charleoi Danses, Brussels’, ‘Vertigo Dance Company’ ׳Kibutz Contemporary Dance Company’ and more. In 2012 he founded the c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group in Jerusalem. Schechter has been creating works since 2009. He is the recipient of the silver medal at the international choreography competition of Beijing in July 2011. Alongside his artistic work, Schechter is developing Jerusalem based projects that aims to develop dance, art and culture scene in the city. Elad founded ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ festival – Dance in Machne Yehuda market, curated and developed ‘Alliance House’ – A home for creative communities, for ‘New-Spirit’ organization and curating ‘Dance in Masie’ – The complete dance series in Jerusalem at ‘Beit Masie’ Theater, between 2012-2016. Schechter is a LGBTQ activist in Jerusalem and is a father to his son that is being raised in shared parenthood alongside two women.

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