Sharon residents will be among those participating in the upcoming Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston.
Pazit Lahav is the choreographer and group leader of Kahol Lavan and Aviv, children’s dance groups. Her son Ori, Emma Gershun and Shiley Stern will dance with Kahol Lavan in a dance entitled “Shmayim, La’uf” (“The Sky, To Fly”). The dance compares adult and child perspectives on life and on our dreams for ourselves. Ori Lahav also will dance with Aviv, as will his brother Ben Lahav. Aviv will dance to a medley of songs by Yigal Bashan, an Israeli singer and songwriter. Bonnie Rubenstein will dance with Besamim dance group in their “Miriam Suite,” which celebrates Miriam’s distinctive leadership through dance in the Bible. Giselle Princz will perform with Shiluv Israeli Dance Troupe. Shiluv will present a piece titled “The Kurdish Whey.” This dance suite is a tribute to Kurdish dances and incorporates Israeli dance steps with Kurdish styling. In addition, Jane Chefitz is a member of the Israel Folkdance Festival Coordinating Committee, which meets throughout the year to plan the annual event.
Since its inception in 1977, the festival has sought to promote Israeli folk dancing in Boston and to provide dancers with the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas. This year’s performance marks 44 years of the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston celebrating Jewish and Israeli dance in all its forms.
The Israel festival will take place at 3 p.m. March 22 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge. The festival will feature a range of Israeli dance styles. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Group discounts are available in advance. Tickets are available at http://bostonfestival.org/tickets. Rush tickets are $5 for college students with ID on the day of the festival, as available.
The Israel Folkdance Festival is sponsored by the Campus Activities Complex at M.I.T. The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.