wo choreographies taking place simultaneously, one in Bengaluru and the other in Bat Yam, Israel , was the highlight of End of the Wall , an experimental performance with an interesting twist. Choreographed by Atalya Baumer and Tamar Mayzlish , it comprised contemporary and freestyle dance, but had another important element — conversations that were woven into the segments. What was commendable was that the performers did not let hurdles like Bat Yam’s 24-hour power outage come in the way of the event, which saw guests flocking to the venue and wait patiently till 11 pm to watch the show.
Atalya, who co-choreographed the piece with two dancers from India — Snigdha Prabhakar and Priyabrat Panigrahi — said, “The idea was to put together many elements from both the countries, from mentions of food and culture to time zones and more. Together, we chose to glance into each other’s lives by diving into the core of the cultures and lifestyles of both Israel and India, which lies in the streets, politics, community, etc. We wanted to break barriers between the two countries, and this performance coincidentally included mentions of events on Israel’s Memorial Day, which makes it a perfect time to pay an ode to people from both the countries.” Israel’s Consul-General for South India, Dana Kursh, added, “Bengaluru’s culture is very similar to ours, in so many ways. Friendly people, good food and despite language barriers, Bengalureans are always helpful and kind. This dance production was a good way to bridge the cultural gap between the two countries, which, to me, was like a confluence of Israeli and Indian culture.”