SHALL WE DANCE? The UK premiere of award-winning drama from Israel
A dance class in the sanctuary at West London Synagogue? The audience at this highly original Israeli drama found themselves attending the class taught by Eitan Harari, the Israeli folk dance teacher created by writer/performer Yoav Bartel and director/choreographer Abigail Rubin. Their play Shall We Dance? was born out of snippets of information gathered from young Israeli soldiers. Eitan Harari is substituting for a popular dance teacher, the audience is his class and he is teaching them a new dance. He can’t help drawing the audience into his own story where we learn that the source of his artistic creativity was drawn from his time in the army and his experiences as a soldier. As the play develops a tale unfolds of one man’s struggle in modern Israeli society. Judi Herman was at this UK premiere performance and afterwards she spoke to its creators. But first she spoke to fellow members of the class, starting with Neil, one of the four brave souls who actually accepted the invitation to get up and dance!