KSU Welcomes Visiting Israeli Artist To Dance Department



Israeli dancer Ella Ben-Aharon will teach this semester at Kennesaw State University.

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 24, 2016) — Internationally acclaimed dancer Ella Ben-Aharon has been heralded for her choreography and performance. She is from Israel, which has been called the world's leader in contemporary dance.   
This semester, she is here in Atlanta, teaching dance to Kennesaw State University students. That's through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program, which places 14 Israeli artists in universities across the United States.

On what accounts for Israel’s prowess in contemporary, Ben-Aharon said, “I think in our DNA we carry this survival mechanism. That sense is really pushing a creative way to go about life. … It breeds creativity when you have to struggle.”

The KSU dance department has been building relationships with Israeli artists even before Ben-Aharon’s residency. This past summer, department chair Ivan Pulinkala took students to Israel to study with some leading dance companies.

“For us, it’s a logical site to invest in taking our students there, in bringing artists from there,” Pulinkala said. “I wanted the students to understand how the political and religious history of Israel has shaped contemporary dance and certainly contemporary art.” ... (Click on the link to listen to the interview on WABE.)


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