3 days for 3 decades

Dance troupe Vertigo marks 30 years of contemporary choreography

The Jerusalem-founded group will celebrate with three days of performances and a summertime exhibit at Beit Guvrin

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Vertigo Dance Troupe will perform 'Birth of the Phoenix' on June 15, 2022 in honor of its 30th anniversary (Courtesy Yoel Levi)
Vertigo Dance Troupe will perform 'Birth of the Phoenix' on June 15, 2022 in honor of its 30th anniversary (Courtesy Yoel Levi)

The Vertigo dance troupe is celebrating 30 years of choreography and movement with three days of performances, June 15-17, at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater.

The troupe, created in Jerusalem by choreographers Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al, partners in work and life, will celebrate art, community and the environment, the very core of this contemporary dance organization.

Each of the three days is dedicated to one of the values that has led the troupe for the last three decades.

It begins with its commitment to nature and an outdoor performance of the “Birth of the Phoenix” by veteran and young Vertigo dancers on Wednesday. The comes art, as conceived of by Noa Wertheim’s choreography in “Pardes” on Thursday. And finally humanity, represented by the Vertigo “Power of Balance” team, the troupe’s work with professional dancers and disabled dancers, including a panel about dance and physical disabilities, on Friday.

Vertigo is also marking its anniversary with a video exhibit, “Liba,” created in cooperation with the Parks and Nature Authority in the Bell Cave of Beit Guvrin.

Available for public viewing on weekends through July 14, Thursday evenings through Saturday nights, the “Liba” exhibit is comprised of massive video installations showing movements created by Wertheim for the walls and corners of the cave.

The combination of stage performance and art in nature is emblematic of the veteran dance troupe, which has always aimed to meld dance, family and community, as well as the environment.

It began with Wertheim and Sha’al dancing and choreographing together in Jerusalem, before constructing the Vertigo Eco-Art Village in Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Hey, their learning center that involved creating an organizational model for teaching dance and ecology.

Tickets for the various events and performances surrounding Vertigo’s 30th anniversary can be purchased from the Vertigo website.

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