Alfa Beta

Premiere // December 2013

‘Alfa Beta’ was created following the book “Alfa beta de Ben Sira” written by a group of devoted Jewish believers in the tenth century AD in Istanbul. The book is a collection of fantasies that prove that art had always the power to shape worlds and break social conventions.

This piece premiered as part of an exhibition of “Innovative European artists in the 19th century”, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in December 2013. A co production between ‘Machol Shalem’,  the Israel Museum and c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance group in Jerusalem.

The work is a unique occurrence, including live oriental music, dance and video made specially for this piece. The audience takes an integral part of the show, accompanied by the dancers and going through a multi-sensory experience.

Choreography : Elad Schechter

Dancers and creators : Oryan Yohanan, Meitar Bason, Yoav Kleinman, Sofia Kranz

Original Score : Or Sarfati

Costumes : Sofia Kranz

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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