The Los Angeles-based Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble will perform at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC, 7 p.m. March 12. “Keshet Chaim” is Hebrew for “Colors of Life.”
“Colors of Israel” will be the theme of the performance, which was choreographed largely by Kobi Rozenfeld, who has choreographed and danced with Beyonce and Britney Spears.
The dance troupe has been brought to the community through the joint efforts of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Beth Israel in Northfield, and the JCC in Margate. Keshet Chaim’s performance is one of many upcoming events planned for Israel’s 70th birthday, said Kirk Wisemayer, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic & Cape May Counties.
The dance ensemble’s commitment to promoting Israeli culture through dance is what prompted Rozenfeld, who was born outside of Tel Aviv, to serve as the main choreographer and assistant artistic director to Keshet Chaim over the past 11 years. During that time, he has helped transform Keshet Chaim from an Israeli folk dance troupe to a polished ensemble of professional dancers who perform his contemporary choreography worldwide.
“To me, it’s special because my family is on the other side of the world in Israel. It’s been like a family—it is family. Without the support from this family, I wouldn’t be able to do the other stuff,” said Rozenfeld, referring to his work choreographing pop stars such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, Natasha Beddingfield and more.
In addition to performing, Keshet Chaim also conducts educational programs in schools. “The company isn’t just [about] dancing, we’re also teaching the younger generation that doesn’t know a lot about Israel,” said Rozenfeld. “It’s important to spread positive feelings about Israel through dance.”
Tickets to the March 12 performance at the JCC cost $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Patron tickets, which include premier seating and a post-show meet and greet with choreographer Rozenfeld and Keshet Chaim dancers, cost $50.
Admission for those 18 and under is free, making this performance a great opportunity for aspiring young dancers in the community, as well as for parents and grandparents wishing to expose local teens to a cultural experience rarely available so close to home. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Josh Cutler at 609-822-1167, ext. 138 or email email@example.com.