From Jaffa to Agripas Festival


Contemporary Dance in Mahane Yehuda Market

The “From Jaffa to Agrippas” Festival – Contemporary Dance in Mahane Yehuda Market

Four nights dedicated to dance and culinary experiences in the Machane Yehuda Market and
at Alliance House in Jerusalem. Unique ‘Dinner & a Show’ events, innovative performances
and, unusual meetings between audience and artists, between movement and food. A
celebration that stimulates all senses and creates a transcendental experience between the
body and a place.


Festival events

A chef’s dinner by Tali Friedman + 2 performances by Idan Cohen & Efrat Rubin

1/9 Sunday – Tali Friedman’s Atelier
19: 00 / 21: 00
2/9 Monday – Tali Friedman’s Atelier
19: 00

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7 INCH OF SLAM The Full Body Soundscape – Annabelle Dvir

3/9 Tuesday 20:30
A show in the patio of the Alliance House, in the open air

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Animal Triste – Mélanie Demers

4/9 Wednesday 20:30
A show in the patio of the Alliance House, in the open air

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Present | Tense – Zuki Ringart

1/9 Sunday – Power Coffee Works 20:45
2/9 Monday – Power Coffee Works 20:45

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Yama ve Kedma – Ishai Karasenti & Mira Rubinstein

1/9 Sunday – Freddie Lemmon 21:15/22:15
2/9 Monday – Freddie Lemmon 21:15/22:15

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Sba de’ruach\ Seven Souls – Dana Naim Hafouta

1/9 Sunday – Freddie Lemmon 20: 45/21: 45
2/9 Monday – Freddie Lemmon 20: 45/21: 45

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A workshop with the dancers of Melanie Demers

2/9 Monday: 15: 00-18: 00 - Alliance House

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Ido Feder will talk about expanded choreography - art, curatorship and pedagogy

3/9 Tuesday Tuesday 19:00 - 20:00 Coffee Works

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Lecture: Fundraising for Local Art - Elad Schechter

4/9 Wednesday Wednesday 19: 00-20: 00 - Coffee Works

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The creators

Elad Schechter

Co-artistic director and CEO

A Jerusalem native dancer and choreographer. A graduate of the High School for the Arts in Jerusalem, he served in the IDF Theatre department and danced in many professional companies such as ‘Charleroi 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 dance 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 aim to develop the 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 has been curating ‘Dance in Masie’ – The complete dance series in Jerusalem at ‘Beit Masie’ Theater, 2012-2016. Schechter is an LGBTQ activist in Jerusalem and is a father to his son that is being raised in shared parenthood alongside two women.


Sofia Krantz

Artistic Director

Sofia Krantz is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and mother based in Jerusalem. She completed her studies at the Academy of Music and Dance and continued her studies at the Institut del Theater in Barcelona. She holds a BA in dance and education and an MA in choreography from the Jerusalem Academy. As a dancer, she has worked with leading choreographers in Israel and Europe, including Sahar Azimi, Ofra Idel, Elad Shechter, Ronit Ziv, and others. Her works have been exhibited in various festivals around the country and the world, such as MASH Dance House, Gvanim Dance, International Exposure, International Dance Week in Jerusalem, and more. Sofia was invited to participate in several international collaborations as an independent artist. She is currently the Artistic Director of ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ Festival 2019. She is also the Director of the dance major at Ein Gedi High School, Dead Sea.


Mélanie Demers


A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded her own dance company, MAYDAY, in Montreal in 2007. Her work is charmed with its originality, intensity, and complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie
Demers has traveled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil, and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries challenged her understanding of the role of art in society. Addressing political issues in a poetic form, Les Angles Morts (2006), Sense of Self (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012) and MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. Lately, WOULD (2015) won the CALQ Prize for best choreography, highlighting the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creative cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works are touring internationally. In August 2017, Icône Pop was awarded the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation by Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival. Recently, Mélanie Demers was invited to work as a guest choreographer at the Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (Sweden) for the creation of Something About Wilderness, and at Opera Estate Festival in Bassano del Grappa. With Danse Mutante (2019), she elaborates a choreographic project unfolding on three continents. Destined for multiple mutations, this duo passes through the hands of four female choreographers, and will culminate in Montreal in the Fall of 2019 with a marathon event. To date, Mélanie Demers has choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.


Annabelle Dvir


Annabelle Dvir (29) choreographer, dance & voice artist, graduated her MA and BA with the Dean’s honors from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and the two years Choreography Program at KELIM CHOREOGRAPHY CENTER – Bat Yam. She’s the recipient of the DanceWEB scholarship 2018 – ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Art’s Excellence scholarship of Holon Municipality in 2018, 2014. Her last piece ‘Work of Flesh – Soundtrack for Five Slammed Bodies’ premiered at Intimadance Festival 2018, participated in residencies at Arts Printing House – Vilnius Lithuania, at Tights: Dance & Thought – 1ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE, and showcased at the Jerusalem International Dance Week 2018 – International Exposure. Her research processes received the Mifal Hapais – Culture & Art Division financial support of 2018-2019 and for 2019-2020. Her work ‘Instrumental Bodies’ (premiered at Between Heaven and Earth Festival 2017 & The Jerusalem Biennale – Tower of David Museum) received the Ministry of Culture and Sports support in 2017. Annabelle is a member of The Israeli Choreographers Association following the beginning of 2019 and YAEL – Independent Jerusalem Dance Artists Forum supported by Jerusalem city council – since 2016.
Annabelle researches, alongside other bodies & states, the tension between sensation and presentation. She’s pursuing that which the act of art has to offer to the humiliated, aching, bent body to the changing contour between agony and pleasure, coercion to independence, and how they conjoin in the performer’s body as material, mass, sound – through visual, audial and plastic procedures.


Idan Cohen


Idan Cohen is an opera director and choreographer. He holds a BA in Choreography from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and an MA in Dance-Choreography. He was born and raised in Israel, Kibbutz Mizra. The socialist community of the Kibbutz had a deep affect on his artistic life and work.

Idan was trained as a classical piano player and was awarded scholarship programs and grants for international master workshops from the age of 8. He went on to receive a scholarship to study theater and fine arts at the Art Colony in Israel’s Negev desert and graduated with honors.

Cohen danced for 7 seasons with the world-renowned K.C.D.C (Founder Yehudit Arnon, Artistic Director Rami Beer). Since 2005, he’s been creating, performing and teaching successfully as an international award-winning director and dance artist.

Idan is represented by Momentum Artists based in NYC, and is a member of the Israeli Choreographers Association and of The Dance Centre based in Vancouver, Canada.


Sharon Hilleli Assa


An independent artist, based in Israel. A performer, choreographer, maker of dance-films and a teacher of contemporary dance and composition. She has a B.Ed. in dance and education from Kibbutzim Collage, Israel, (1997) and an M.A with distinction in arts education, University of Leeds, UK (2001) and a graduate of Jewish-Israeli identity discourse studies, Hartman-Be’eri Institute (2017). Sharon is the head of the dance department at Wingate College and a teacher of high school students and adults (RESEARCH). Guest artist in Berlin – Tanzfabrik, Dock11 Sasha Waltz. A former dancer at The Jerusalem Tamar Dance Company and among the founders of OKTET Improvisation Group. resented her work for stage and video around the world in various platforms, such as, BORDERS festival in Venice, Radial System in Berlin, EPOS International art film festival in Tel-Aviv museum, VDance festival in Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Curtain Up festival in Suzanne Dellal Dance Center Tel Aviv, Akko Festival and Bat-Yam Festival.


Efrat Rubin


Born in 1977. Choreographer, dancer, and interdisciplinary artist. She won the Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for her work as a choreographer in 2014. Efrat danced and
specialized in choreography at P.A.R.T.S – Performing Arts Research and Training (Studio) in Brussels, studio of the Belgian company ROSAS. She graduated from Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design with a B.Des in Design in the department of Visual Communication Studies; she was honored as Outstanding Dancer by the IDF. Efrat has worked independently for the past ten years as a choreographer and performer in different festivals, in various formats, such as Lublin Dance Theater Festival (Poland), DANSE Cam Danse (Belguim), Napolidanza (Italy), Curtain Up (Israel), Danca em Foco, (Brazil), Quinzena de Dança de Almada (Italy), Junction Arts Festival (Canada), Balkanima (Serbia), Epos Festival, Tel Aviv Museum (Israel), Pool 12, Intenationale Tanzfilm palttform, (Gernamy), International Exposure (Israel), and more. Her works have been characterized by their integration of dance with a variety of different art disciplines. Efrat is a lecturer in Contemporary Dance within the Inter-departmental unit at Bezalel Academy and at the Cinema South Festival Isreal as part of a workshop combining dance and animation. She has worked in collaboration with the artists Anat Shamgar, Baruch Brener, Osi Wald, Michal Meier, Dana Levy, Yonatan Allbalak and Deganit Shemi, and Yehu Yaron.


Dana Marcus


Dancer, creator and artistic director of Blender Events. Born in 1991, lives in Tel Aviv. Dana studied at a dance training workshop in Ga’aton, Vertigo’s dance training program, and participated in the Batsheva Dance Company’s excellence project. A dancer in the Sally Ann Friedland Dance Company (2018-2019) and in the Ensemble Bizar by Kelly Iyash (2016-2017) Among the works she has created “Bubble Point” which premiered in November 2018 at the Curtain Up Festival, “And if you catch me, will I fall?” which premiered at the Shades of Dance Festival, the video dance “Grass Effect” along with the creator Shai Ben-Ami, and works for other dancers.


Hala Salem


Dancer, choreographer, actress, dance teacher and workshop facilitator in combination with movement. Lives in Deir Hanna. Hala studied theater and dance at the Western Galilee Academic College and at the Haifa Workshop for Dancers training. She participated as a dancer in video art by the Uruguayan photographer Natalia Isaacovitch, in the Ya Samar Dance Theater project, and AM Qattan Foundation in the “Motion Trap” project – an exhibition by the artist Samah Shehadeh and the “Dancers in the Community” project in Deir Hanna. She has participated in dance workshops, classical ballet, modern dance, contact, and floor work at the Ramallah Municipality summer camp with local teachers as well as teachers from abroad and took part in a storytelling workshop with the Amsterdam storytelling center in Israel and abroad.


Mira Rubinstein


Born in 1977, dancer and choreographer as well as a classical ballet teacher. She is a graduate of Bat Dor Dance Company and Talma Yellin School of the Arts. Mira has a bachelor’s degree in dance from the London Studio Center and Middlesex University in London, England. She has worked with choreographers Javier de Protos, Yoram Carmi, Ido Tadmor, Sally Anne Friedland and others. She is a soloist of dance and theater (Suzanne Dellal, Tmuna, Beit Mazaya, Tzavta, Cameri Theater, Orna Porat and others).


Rand Ziad Taha


Dancer and choreographer, lives in Jerusalem. Rand studied at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, where she won third place in the Gertrude choreography competition with the creation of the solo “Circles.” She teaches classical and modern ballet and dance, participated in workshops in Berlin, Amsterdam and Ramallah, performed in the Douban Professional dance group and Le Trio Joubran Solo ‘Circles’ as part of the ‘Body Speech’ performance in Nazareth and the dance show “Premiere” with choreographer Elad Schechter in Jerusalem and Montreal.


Zuki Ringart


Dancer, Creator, and Performer.

Graduate of Dance Workshop Ga’aton and Vertigo International Dance Programs.


Over the last 3 years, Zuki has collaborated with different creators such as: Iris Erez, Shlomit Fundaminsky, Uri Shafir, Sahar Azimi, Anat Shamgar, Anat Deamer, Hilla Ben Ari, and Nadar Rosano.


‘present | tense’ is his first piece as a creator; it premiered at the festival ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ in October 2018. Since then, Zuki has collaborated with Carmel Ben Asher and together they created the piece ‘Evening’ as part of ‘Intima Dance’ festival 2019.


Dana Naim Hafuta


Dana is a dancer, independent artist and dance teacher. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and a graduate of the “Art Acceleration” program of the Machol Shalem Dance House and “Feedback”, directed by Sahar Azimi. As a dancer she worked with the Jerusalem Dance Theater group, composed by Sharon Kashi and Annabelle Dvir.

Her works have been performed in various festivals: ‘Between Heaven and Earth’, ‘Intimadance’ and more.



Ishai Karasenti


Ishai Karasenti was born in Be’er Sheva in 1986. A former gymnast and ballet dancer, he is a graduate of the dancers training course of Bat Dor Dance Company in Be’er Sheva. Ishai danced in Suzanne Dellal and the Israeli Opera productions and has worked with Idan Sharabi, Itzik Galili, Rachel Erdos, and more. He is a classical ballet and modern dance teacher and the director of the Dorot Dance Center in Be’er Sheva.


Ayman Safiah


28 years old Palestinian artist, born in the region of Galilee. Ayman started dancing at the age of sixteen. In 2008 he won the American Academy of Ballet performance award and became the first Palestinian professional male ballet dancer in Israel/Palestine, Ayman was the first male dancer to join Ga’aton Dance School for a graduate degree in Dance “Bagrout. “The Middle Eastern Billy Elliot” that’s what the CNN & BBC has described Ayman. In 2009 he joined the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, gaining his Master’s degree. A week after Safiah graduated he joined the Rambert Dance Company and after one year he worked with the Artists Wayne Sleep and David Hockney in “Bigger Space For Dancing”
Royal Academy Of Art London. In 2013, Ayman was spotted by the legendary Dame Gillian Lynne, the choreographer of the greatest musicals of all times such as “CATS” and “Phantom of the Opera” and went on to play the role of the “Mute” in “Dear World”, a West End and Broadway Musical. Ayman has also appeared in very strong and physical contemporary dance performances, such as “BOUND“ by Ya Samar Dance Theatre (New York) at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2014 and “BADKE“, by Le ballets C de la B and the KVS Theatre, Brussels, where he toured the world, Africa, Korea, Europe, Dubai, London, New York, Palestine and many other. Ayman has also performed in ”Romeo and Juliet Ballet” (Royal Opera House, London) by Kenneth MacMillan, “Ballet Napoli” (Royal Opera House) by August Bourneville, “Troy Game” by Robert North, “A Linha Curva” by Itzik Galili the Rambert Dance Company (Lowry Theatre, Manchester), and in the Olympic Opening Ceremony (London 2012), amongst a list of prestigious performances and by great choreographers. Currently Ayman is working on his first project in Palestine, where he directs and choreographs, with the full support of Al-Amal Contemporary Dance Organization where he started teaching in 2015. After Ayman’s return to Palestine, he took part almost in all dance performances and projects, his recent works locally and abroad. “Last Ward”, by Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre 2017-2018, School Dance Projects, “Between Two worlds” 2018-2019. Ayman also won an award for best dancers at Barcelona Dance Festival 2018, to join El Salvador Dance Company.

About the festival

‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ festival presents unique and innovative performances characterized by the unusual relationship between the audience and the artists, between movement and food, inspired by the ‘shuk’ atmosphere of Machne Yehuda market. The festival enables an authentic and direct connection between the different communities of Jerusalem who take part in the festival.

c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group is dedicated to the concept of art being a motor for social change. ‘From Jaffa to Agripas’ festival presents dance that connects people, dance that presents the unique Israeli culture mosaic at its best and encourages the audience to think, feel, taste, dance, and enjoy high quality art in the most trendy bars and restaurants in the city

Event map

Event locations:


Ha’eshkol 5, Jerusalem

טל. 02-6234595

Tali Friedman – The Atelier

HaCharuv 14, Jerusalem

טל. 02-5370666

Hadekel 3

Hadekel 3, Jerusalem

טל. 02-5333442

Freddy Lemmon

Etz Haim 19, Jerusalem

טל. 052-4405591

Power Coffee Works

Agripas 111, Jerusalem

טל. 02-9412759

Alliance House

Ki’akh 5, Jerusalem

טל. 077-3215076