Yankele Haimiy -
Choreographer and Artistic Director
Born in 1955, began
dancing at age 20. He has appeared with various Israeli dance troupes, in Israel and throughout the world. In 1979 he founded the Tzabarim Dance Troupe, and since then he has served as the group's
artistic director and chief choreographer. In his works, which have been widely acclaimed, Yankele describes life in Israel, its scenic beauty and the cultural variety of its different ethnic groups.
The ensemble appears
regularly in Israel and has performed in many European countries, as well as the USA and Canada.
Zion Refuah -
Administrative DirectorBorn in 1955. In 1979 he
founded the Tzabarim dance troupe with Yankele Haimiy, and since that time he has served as its administrative director. Zion Refuah currently serves as publicist, responsible for marketing and advertising the Israeli-Arab folklore performance that the troupe performs in Jerusalem on a regular basis.
The auditorium, recently
restored and renamed the Mary Nathaniel Golden Hall of Friendship, is characterized by oriental Byzantine grandeur, incorporating decorative elements from Muslim art and architecture. It is decorated in cream, amber and golden tints. The ceiling and vaults are covered with acoustic plaster in order to obtain a good tone.
The auditorium’s seating capacity is 600, including the balcony.
Many thousands of
tourists and guests see the show, which has been staged annually since 1979.
The show is dynamic and
filled with excitement.
With music, singing,
breathtaking dancing and colorful costumes, the show leaves the audience elated and spellbound.
Check the performance
dates, and contact us to reserve seats in advance.
In the event of changes
in performance dates, you will be notified accordingly. You can order special performances on dates other than those appearing above for up to 600 people. The performance management has the exclusive right to decide whether to hold or cancel a performance.
The " TZABARIM
" Folklore Ensemble are pleased to present an
evening of Israeli and Arab folkore.
Production of special
events in Israel and abroad, including: Dance troupes:
groups of male/female
dancers, 8-12 couples. Musicians:
10 musicians playing a
variety of instruments. Singers.
performing authentic Hassidic music.Commissioning of
choreographic works in Israel and abroad.
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The " TZABARIM MECHOLA" Folklore
Ensemble are pleased to present an evening of Israeli and
The " TZABARIM MECHOLA" Folklore
Ensemble is composed of young men and women born in Jerusalem.
Israel is the meeting point between two cultures:
the East and West, The folkdances of Israelexpress the vitality,the pluralism and the hopes of
its people. They express the beauty of the holy land which has gathered to its bosom Jews who
were exiled from its shores and dispersed throughout the world for generations, Israeli
folkdances have been influenced by the pioneers who came from Eastern Europe, by Hassidic Jews, by Jews from Arab countries and by the folkdances of the Arabs and Druze living in Israel.
The name "TZABARIM MECHOLA" is the
pluralized Hebrew form of "tzabar" the fruit of the cactus (more commonly known as "sabra") which, like the native Israeli, is rough on the outside but sweet inside.
one of the lovliest and modern among the more
than 300 Israeli folkdances.
the west coast of Israel, the Sea of Galilee and the
Jordan River serve as an inspiration for this dance which depitcts the fishermen's expedition-the farewell, the longing of the women for their husband's return, and finally , the meeting anew.
rooted in Arab folklore and originally danced by men
only. With the changes in attitudes and customs towards women in this century, they are now participants in this dance which still retains its virile character.
SONGS OF ISRAEL:
some old, some new - a potpourri of the best
and most popular.
klezmer - a Hassidic tune.
Hassidic Jews praise the Almighty in a joyful manner
in which their belief, prayers and thankfulness are expressed through dance. Hassidisim is an intense and mystic branch of Jewish piety which has its roots among the Jews of Eastern Europe in the middleof the 18th century.
duet - a dance of love.
courting dance - a dance of boys with girls,
courting in the vineyards; a dance with biblical themes.
harem - an arab-oriental dance incorporating
themes from debka dances.
ARAB TAMBOUR PLAYERS:
from East Jerusalem, these young Arabs are
masters of playing the tambour which is made of clay and over which goatskin is streched. Tremendous manual dexterity is needed as the taut goatskin is tapped with the fingertips bringing forth the rythmic and tempestous sounds of the Middle East.
DANCES OF THE YEMENITE JEWS:
The Jews of Yemen were completely isolated from
their brethren in the rest of the world for more than 2000 years. For them, dance is also an expression of their prayers to the Almighty. The central theme of these dances is their love of Zion - of Jerusalem, and the expression of their hope for return to and the redemption of the Holy Land.
an Israeli flute melody.
a youthful dance in rows and circles.
A young and dynamic dance, full of the pioneering
spirit which filled the hearts of the first Jews coming to Israel, and which has become the national dance.