Dance Voices is a window to the dance scene in Israel. Dance Voice’s aim is to provide our readers with a collection of articles, commentary, and analysis on Israel’s dance history, significant dance works, and leading choreographers.

Dance Voices will also try to show how Israel’s vibrant dance scene fits in the world of dance as a whole.  Articles will be displayed in both English and Hebrew and divided in language-based categories, respectively. Commentary and analysis will be in English whenever possible in order to reach a wider audience interested in Israel’s dance scene.

Editors: Henia Rottenberg (Hebrew)

Linda Dankworth (English)

Dr. Henia Rottenberg

Dr. Henia Rottenberg is the Head of Dance Theatre in Theatre Studies Program, in Western Galilee College and lecturers at the Kibbutzim College of Education. Prior to that Henia taught contemporary dance classes at the University of Haifa.

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Dr Linda Dankworth

I was awarded a PhD in Dance Ethnography at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK in 2010. My thesis argues that there is an interrelationship between the processes of revival of Mallorquin traditional dance and the influence of tourism that has contributed to the formation of Mallorcan identities.

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Dr. Ruth Eshel

Dr. Ruth Eshel was a dancer and choreographer from 1970 to 1987. She is the author of the book Dancing with the Dream – The Development of Artistic Dance in Israel 1920-1964, dance critic for Ha’aretz, and Artistic Director of Haifa University’s Eskesta Dance Theatre. Her Ph.D dissertation (at the Tel Aviv University) was on Movement Theater in Israel, 1976-1991.

Carolina de Pedro Pascual

Carolina de Pedro Pascual (1969, Buenos Aires, Repתblica Argentina )

Profession: Teacher of Classical Dances - Editor of Danza Ballet

In 1975, I began to study ballet in the Colon Theatre High School of Art in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After eight years, I obtained a Professional Ballerina Diploma. In 1993, I was invited to study and collaborate with Serguei Randchenko's Ballet Company. Randcheklo is an Honorary Artist of Russia and teacher of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow. He has founded, together with Maris Liepa, the Moscow Festival: today known as the RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET.

I have studied with numerous ballet teachers, both national and international, and important figures in this field such as: Aםda Aizemberg, Alexander Sochinsky, Rada Eichenbaum, Ethel Lynch, Zarko Prebil, Vladimir Vasiliev, Serguei Radchenko among others.

I teach ballet for both children and adults using the Vaganova technique. I organize intensive and regular courses on different modalities and levels of dance. I collaborate with own notes in important national and international magazines of ballet.

I live in Barcelona, Spain.

Rachel Bilsky-Cohen

Rachel Bilski-Cohen is a dance critic, scholar and free-lance lecturere who writes in professional publications on dance theory, history and education. Rachel participates in various conferences, and lectures about Modern and Contemporary dance at the Goethe Institute, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, and other frameworks. Rachel is an active member in the board of directors of the "Train Theatre", "Mitveh" for art education, and "Keren Yosmot"- Educational projects.
Till 1999 Rachel served for 10 years as a Dance consultant to the Israel Festival, and for many years have taught at Bezalel Art academy; Kerem- Teachers' College; And for 10 years was the director of Art Project at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.  
Rachel was invited to dance festivals such as: Montpellier Dance Festival; Tanz im August in Berlin; 2-Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in France (2002). Taught for many years at the High School of Rubin Academy of Music and Dance: Teacher of  dance improvisation and composition; dance history; 20th century dance, dance literacy. Conducted numerous workshops in creative dance in Israel, Germany and the U.S.A., and directed the conference The Medium in 20th Century Arts at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute.

Academic and professional record
M.A. in Education at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Professional dance diploma- Laban Art of Movement, U.K.
Dance Studies at Universities in the U.S.

Co-editor with Baruch Blich. The Medium in 20 the Century Arts. The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute and Or-Am, 1997. [Hebrew Edition]

Papers presented at coferences
Globalization and the Dance-World - Ongoing interactions and viewpoints. Lecture presented at the conference "Kunst der Welt oder Weltkunst?- Die Kunst in der Globalisierungsdebatte". The Evangelische Akademie Loccum, 24-26 May 2002,  published in the Loccumer Protokolle of the Evangelische Akademie.
Contemporary Dance in Israel. Lecture presented at the conference "IAM- International Arts Manager Magazine". February 2001.
The Influence of Contemporary German Dance Theater on Israeli Dance. Lecture presented at the conference "Tanztheater today- 30 years of German Dance". Goethe Institute, May 1997 (English and German editions).
The Language of the Body in Modern and Contemporary Artistic Dance. Lecture presented at the confernec "Haltung-Gestik-Koerpersprache". Loccumer Protokolle of the Evangelische Akademie. Loccum, Germany, 75/1996
Mythos on the Context of Modern and Contemporary Dance. Oldenburg University, 2006.

16 El Salvador Street, Jerusalem 96403, Israel.
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Dr. Astrid Bernkopf

Dr. Astrid Bernkopf has danced as professional ballet dancer in Austria, Germany, the Czech and Slovak Republics. She studied pedagogies of ballet (MA with distinction) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she also taught ballet at various levels. After this period, she commenced her studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford, where she now holds a PhD. Her research focuses on the narrative of the ballet scenario for which she has created a method of narrative analysis. Furthermore, she investigates approaches to analyse written source materials. As lecturer, Astrid started teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, University of Surrey, Guildford, and London Metropolitan University. In the UK, she predominantly teaches Critical Theory and Performance Analysis and, additionally, History and Philosophy of History. She is Lecturer in Dance at Middlesex University.

Dr. Ronit Land

Dr. Ronit Land was born in Israel. She had studied with Merce Cunningham, Bonnie Bird and Anna Halprin before returning to her country, to join up in building up the dance-education programme for the Ministry of Education.

She has worked with soloists of Merce Cunningham, the Kibbutz Dance Company and the Israel Festival, and had her own dance companies in San-Francisco, and Brussels as now in west-Germany.

Working a lot in theatre and opera, she received prises and nominations at the Festival of Edinburg( The Dybuk of Zofia Kalinska- Cricot2), the Festival of Recklinghausen (World premiere of the first contemporary Palestinian opera) and the Festival of Berlin (Le Depart).

Dr. Land is member of the board of directors at the Dance-Council of Germany and the director of the Dance-Department at the Academy of Arts-education in Remscheid.

Her book on the work of Anna Halprin: Tanz Prozesse Gestalt (2010) the first written in German, was published in Germany in 2009.

Dr. Diane Wawrejko

Dr. Diane Wawrejko, performer, choreographer, educator, and scholar, was the sole exchange artist from the cities of Chicago to Lucerne, Switz for July 2009. She is an adjunct faculty in Dance and Humanities at Columbia College Chicago and the College of DuPage, USA.  She has served as a senior Dance Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria, Executive Director of the National Dance Association, and dance program coordinator at both the University of Texas - Pan American and Wheaton College.  She has performed professionally with several dance companies and on PBS, was a residency and workshop artist with Urban Gateways of Chicago, and was nominated recently to the President's Committee on the Arts.  She holds a Masters of Fine Art (Arizona State) in performance and choreography and a PhD (University of Surrey, UK) in dance studies.