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New TV series looks at impossible love among the ultra-Orthodox

Rama Burshtein-Shai’s eight-part ‘Fire Dance’ from Yes Studios offers an ‘honest and bold glance’ into the tight-knit Haredi community

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From 'Fire Dance,' the new eight-part Yes Studios TV series created by Rama Burshtein-Shai, which launched on April 24, 2022. (Courtesy Yes Studios)
From 'Fire Dance,' the new eight-part Yes Studios TV series created by Rama Burshtein-Shai, which launched on April 24, 2022. (Courtesy Yes Studios)

A new drama series set to launch in spring 2022 brings a tale of impossible love in a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox community.

“Fire Dance” from Yes Studios was created by Rama Burshtein-Shai, the New York-born Israeli filmmaker known for “Fill The Void” and other movies set in the ultra-Orthodox world.

The eight-part series tells the story of 18-year-old Fiegie, a troubled teenager growing up with her single mother in an insular Haredi sect. The series is laced with fantasy, and shows Feigie falling in love with Nathan, the charismatic, married son of the leader of their community.

Actor Noa Koler, who has appeared in other Burshtein-Shai productions, stars as Feigie’s mother, along with actors Yehuda Levi and Mia Ivrin.

Burshtein-Shai, who is a practicing Orthodox Jew, is known for her authentic, realistic films that grapple with life in the ultra-Orthodox world.

“‘Fire Dance,’ from amazingly talented creator Rama Burshtein-Shai, gives us, the viewers, an honest and bold glance into one of the most intriguing and closed off ultra-religious communities,” said Sharon Levi, recently installed as the new director at Yes Studios. “The series deals with an impossible love story from an authentic and honest point of view.”

Danna Stern, who recently left her role as founding director at Yes Studios, described the show to Variety as “a cross between ‘Mad Men’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,'” albeit with different themes and subjects.

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