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KIBBUTZ CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY | 8 P.M. NOV. 1, 2018

C O N TE M P O R A R Y D A N C E R O OTE D I N H O R R I F I C PA ST KIBBUTZ CONTEMPORARY DANCE, one of the leading dance companies in the world, is today identified with the work of artistic director Rami Be’er, whose vision has become the company’s trademark in Israel and around the world. KCDC, based in Western Galilee, appeared in Atlanta for the first time in October 2017 at the Dance Theater at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta campus. Western Galilee holds a special note for Sandy Springs; the communities became Sister Cities in 2015, focusing on with economic development and a sharing of cultural and educational opportunities. From 1973 to 1996, KCDC danced under the direction of Yehudit Arnon (1926-2013), an influential member of Israel’s dance community and a survivor of World War II and the Holocaust. Arnon watched her 22

mother die at Auschwitz; at Birkenau, her penalty for declining to perform at a Nazi Christmas party was a night spent barefoot in the snow. She swore that if she survived, she’d dedicate her life to dance. She did, establishing a dance center that grew into the Ga’aton Dance Company in 1959, and eventually KCDC. Be’er, nurtured by the dancers from age 3, joined the company in 1980 and has led it for the past 22 years. KCDC has performed works by such noted choreographers as Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián and Ohad Naharin. It typically performs non-narrative dances that inspired by social, political and historical themes. It has touched on the Holocaust, consumerism, the environment, contemporary military conflicts, relationships and the isolating effects of technology in the modern world. Byers Theatre • $35-$45

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