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KESHET CHAIM
(Hebrew for "Colors of Life")

Keshet Chaim is an American-Israeli contemporary dance company, dedicated to celebrating the inclusive spirit of Israeli culture and Judaism throughout the world. Founded in 1983 by Artistic Director Eytan Avisar, Keshet Chaim creates, develops and presents original choreography which fuses contemporary Israeli dance with Jewish folk dance traditions from across the Diaspora. Influenced by the multi-ethnic roots of the Jewish music, art, poetry and culture, Keshet Chaim combats prejudice and anti-Semitism through entertainment, community outreach, children's workshops, and professional development dance education.

Keshet Chaim "forges a unique identity…one of the few touring American dance groups committed exclusively to Israeli culture and dance," according to the LA Daily News.

The company operates under the belief that cultural diffusion and dissemination of artistic values are key to the betterment of society. The company's mission includes both preserving and extending the heritage of ethnic dance and music found in the diverse communities of the Jewish Diaspora. Influenced by world music, the multi-ethnic roots of the Jewish people, and a constant drive for interpreting and exploring Jewish values through art, Keshet Chaim serves as both a repertory ensemble for traditional forms and a laboratory for contemporary works based on these traditions. Keshet Chaim has become a pioneer in the development of Jewish dance and seeks to focus its mission by teaching the richness of the cultures within the community to Jews and non-Jews alike.

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Eytan Avisar, Artistic Director

Originally from Israel, Eytan Avisar began his dance career at the Academy of Dance in Beersheba. He travelled the world performing with national Israeli folk company Yonatan Karmon's Grand Music Hall of Israel and as a lead dancer and choreographer for Hatzabarim Dance Group. Eytan followed his heart to the United States in the late 1970’s and brought with him his love of dance and Israeli culture. In 1983, he founded the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble. Through his creative vision he created contemporary works based on teh folk dances of our heritage. Keshet Chaim has become an institution of dance and culture to communities across the United States, and internationally, that speaks to every generation.


  

Kobi Rozenfeld, Assistant Artistic Director

Kobi Rozenfeld, born in Israel, worked with and choreographed for some of Israel’s top pop stars for music videos and national tours; for which he won numerous awards. In 2006, Kobi began working with Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, where he choreographed new pieces for the company to great critical acclaim. Kobi’s professional reputation and heightened demand in the dance industry has led him to work with Beyoncé and Natasha Bedingfield, and also most recently as Director and Choreographer for the Asia tour of Barbie LIVE, the Musical. Kobi also travels the world as a freelance master teacher and choreographer, is currently a faculty member of the Dupree Dance convention and the Artistic Director for a new dance studio in Los Angeles, Dance-O-Plex.

 


Genie Benson
Exectutive Director

Leah Bleiweis
Managing Director

Cecilia Hanono
Education Director


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