Theatre & Dance 101

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Israel has also developed significant theatre and dance traditions. In their infancy, Israeli theatre and dance were often thematically preoccupied with establishing Israel's legitimacy; the political agendas of plays and dances were transparent. Over time, however, theatre and dance in Israel became more experimental and sophisticated, and today Israeli theatre and dance pieces commonly critique the pressured reality of life in Israel.

The influence of Israeli traditions have spread to the Diaspora, as well. The proliferation of Israeli dance classes and groups highlights a relatively new way for Jews worldwide to connect to the state of Israel. Some choreographers are also using Jewish liturgy to create modern dance pieces for congregations and prayer services. In the theatre world, groups like Storahtelling are invigorating synagogue life by fusing drama with Jewish learning.

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