Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Batsheva Arts Campus
Batsheva Dance Company was established in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first Artistic Advisor. Choreographer Ohad Naharin assumed the role of Artistic Director in 1990 and propelled the company into an era of artistic innovation and ground breaking dance work. Batsheva today is critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the primary contemporary dance companies in the world, serving as a global cultural beacon of dance. Batsheva is committed to nurturing young performing talent, to movement research and to the creation of cutting-edge contemporary dance works. Batsheva is also equally committed to bringing its work to wide and diverse audiences both in Israel and abroad.
Purpose: To support the construction of the Batsheva Arts Center, the first large cultural hub in Neve Sha’anan, a South Tel Aviv neighborhood with high levels of poverty and large populations of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from Africa.
The Batsheva Arts Center will include two theaters, studios, professional facilities, a public reading room, and community spaces. The Center is being designed by architect David Adjaye, who was the architect for the Washington DC’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the planned Studio Museum in Harlem, and buildings in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S.
The Center is targeted for opening in 2024. In addition to rehearsals and performances, the various spaces will be used by numerous arts groups to expand and diversify its education and community engagement programming, including free activities for local residents. Meanwhile, the Batsheva Dance Company and its early-career Batsheva Young Ensemble tour worldwide, with approximately 250 performances annually as well as offering education programs for schools across diverse communities.
Photos by Gadi Dagon.