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Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre Opens January 13
January 13 - February 12, 2017
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
by M Groogan

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre Opens January 13

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre, one of the most anticipated dance events in Houston, January 13 – February 12, 2017. Dance Month is celebrating 37 seasons of showcasing prominent choreographers, master teachers, companies and dancers.

Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre and the Adult  Department come together to present Arts in the Afternoon Towards the Gypsy Roads on Friday, January 13 at 1:00 pm. Make reservations for lunch and then follow with a show in the Kaplan Theatre that includes poetry in Ladino, Sephardic dance, Flamenco Paterneras, and other Flamenco styles accompanied by canto hondo (deep singing) and Spanish guitar. Towards the Gypsy Roads was conceived by Marisol Monasterio, honored by the Houston Press as one of the 100 creatives in 2012 for her unusual voice and emotional performance.

Israeli Contemporary Performance Art with Amy Morrow and Idan Sharabi launches opening weekend of Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre. Amy Morrow is a teacher, choreographer and consultant in Austin under AM Arts and award-winning Idan Sharabi from Tel Aviv, Israel is a choreographer, teacher and former NDT and Batsheva dancer. The duo will teach a Gaga dancer class and put on a free informal showing. Gaga is the movement language which Ohad Naharin developed and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/dancers and Gaga/people. Gaga is a new way of gaining self-awareness through your body. It is a way of learning and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Idan Sharabi & Dancers was founded in 2012. His work is physical and daring, yet full of delicacy and detail. As a dancer, he has worked with different choreographers in his career which were big influences on his style of movement: Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian. The Gaga/dancer master class with Amy Morrow and Idan Sharabi is Saturday, January 14 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Gaga/dancer class is for students 16 and older.  A free informal showing will be from 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm. with Amy and Idan.

Don’t miss the Houston premiere of the film, Mr. Gaga Sunday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Theatre. Mr. Gaga is an award-winning documentary about Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company by celebrated directors Tomer Heymann and Barak Heymann of Heymann Brothers films & K now Productions. The director Tomer Heymann will be in attendance. Filmmakers were allowed eight years in the studio to tell the story of Ohad Naharin one of the most important choreographers of our time. “The most beautiful and important cinematic creation ever made about Israeli Dance,” Tal, Editor Achbar Ha’lr.  

A question and answer segment with Tomer Heymann and a Gaga/people class with Amy Morrow will follow the film. All dance performances take place in the Kaplan Theatre at the J. Master classes are in the J’s dance studio. See the complete brochure and purchase tickets at Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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