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RDT presents DABKE


March 16-17, 2018 // 7:30 pm
March 18, 2018 // 2:00 pm
Tickets $20 // Students/Seniors $15
Run time: 1 hour, no intermission. There will be no late seating




After rave reviews last season, RDT is thrilled to present this powerful evening-length work by Zvi Gotheiner in the intimate Black Box Theater. Blending Middle Eastern folk dance, Arab pop music and contemporary dance, “Dabke” is about conflict in the Middle East and conflict in the world.

Recognized by The New York Times as one of Alastair Macaulay's TOP TEN DANCE FAVORITES OF 2013, Zvi Gotheiner's "Dabke" is based on a Middle-Eastern folk dance, a line dance often performed at weddings, holidays and community celebrations. Strongly referencing solidarity, the dancers, linked by hands or shoulders stomp the ground with complex rhythms, emphasizing their connection to the land.

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    "Dabke" by Zvi Gotheiner

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About The choreographer

Zvi Gotheiner

ZVI GOTHEINER was born and raised in a kibbutz in northern Israel. Zvi began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after, formed his first performance group. Zvi arrived in New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and danced with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company and Feld Ballets/NY in the US, and with Bat-Sheva Dance Company in Israel. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance. The Company's performances have received critical acclaim in New York City at the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, the Kitchen, the Angel Orensanz Foundation, the Duke on 42nd Street, Joyce Soho, the Fiorello Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Central Park's SummerStage, as well as a variety of experimental venues. Zvi is a recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography fellowships and The National Arts Club Weiselberg Award. He has received commissions from Zurich Tanz Theater, Utah's Repertory Dance Theater, Colloquium Contemporary Dance Exchange, the American Dance Festival, and the Joyce Theater's Altogether Different series, Diversion The Dance Company of Wales and Groundworks in Cleveland.

Learn More

KRCL interview

Hear Zvi & Linda C. Smith on RadioActive with Lara Jones talk all about DABKE last season. Listen>>


Watch Linda C. Smith on CONTACT with Mary Dickson about DABKE last season. Watch>>

Study guide

DABKE will be performed for close to 200 students in a free matinee performance. click here to download>>

ON the blog

Learn more about DABKE. read more>>

dancer video

Hear the dancers' point of view about learning and performing DABKE. Watch>>

Zvi interview

Hear Zvi's account of his own history, the creation of DABKE, and relationship with RDT. Watch>>