Beauty, grace, and the synchronicity of movement envelop a dance that originated in a country that has a deep sacred historical origin. More than 800 dancers celebrate the land of Israel with the nation's largest Israeli Dance Festival on Sunday at the Broward Center for Performing Arts. The 18th-annual festival known as the "Festival Yachad" combines dancers from Mexico, Panama, Canada, Peru, and Brazil to celebrate a Jewish tradition with a rich heritage and connection to Israel. Dancers from the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center will join dancers from around the world. All of the local dancers are part of the Bamachol Dance Program, which is the largest Israeli dance company outside of Israel and is composed of 26 dance troupes. The festival will present colorful costumes, unique musical arrangements and choreography, dramatic sound and lighting effects, and beautiful scenery. This year's theme for Festival Yachad will be "Chai," which in Hebrew means life and is represented by the number 18. Each dance is choreographed to folk dance music that portrays a different moment and milestone in Jewish life.
The world-renowned Gala Performance starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Au-Rene Theatre at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located in Fort Lauderdale at 201 SW Fifth Ave. Tickets for the performance can be purchased online at browardcenter.org. There will also be a separate children's performance at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater, located at 17011 NE 19th Ave., on Sunday, June 1, at 5 p.m. Visit israelidancefestival.com.
Sun., May 25, 7 p.m., 2014