There’s more to Jewish dancing than the hora. And the world is taking notice.
Three Israeli artists are among the recently-announced nominees for this year’s Bessie Awards, the dance world’s version of the Academy Awards. The event will be held October 15 at the Apollo Theatre in New York.
Choreographer Emmanuel Gat was nominated for Outstanding Production of a work performed in a larger capacity venue of more than 400 seats. His show “Preludes and Fugues” was designed for the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. It’s not the first time Gat has been mentioned among the greats at the Bessies; in 2006 he took home two awards for productions that ran at Lincoln Center in New York, “Spring Cult” and “Winter Journey.”
Gat, now living in France, is one of Israel’s greatest dance exports. He has choreographed a variety of shows and troupes, including NDT, the Polish National Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet.
This year’s Bessie nominations were not just a nod to Israel’s current talent, but also to its future. Lee Sher and Saar Harari also got nods in the category of Outstanding Emerging Choreogpraher for “Fame,” their joint project that opened last month at Jacob’s Pillow Festival in western Massachusetts to rave reviews.
The Bessie Awards, otherwise known by its more formal name, the New York Dance and Performance Awards, honors exceptional choreography, performance, music composition, visual design and others areas of dance and performance.