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Ofra Idel

Idel received her Master degree in Dance and theatre from the Dance Academy in Jerusalem. She has danced at the Kolben D.C and the Tami D.C/Nimrod Freed and has performed in the USA, India, China, Senegal, Japan, Chile and around Europe. In 2005, Idel was invited by the Alexandria Performing Arts Association to create for the BosmaDance Company, Washington D.C. Since then her work has been showcased in Israel and abroad including The Zawirowania Dance Festival - Warsaw, Side by side- Dusseldorf, Visa 2 dance Festival- Tanzania, Artdanthé Festival Tilburg- Holland, Aura Festival- Lithuania, Competition Internactional Burgos -Spain, Dance wave -Cyprus, Dock 11 -Berlin, Derida Dance center -Bulgaria and teaches contemporary dance workshops in Israel and International platforms, such as the dance department of the Taliin University in Estonia, Chichester University England and more. Idel takes part in artistic committees of International competition such as MASDANZA Canary Islands, Zawirowania Poland, 10 Sentidos Valenica and international competition of young dance performers OPUS, Slovenia.
She performs in the Ha-E production Ha-E, by Ido Tadmor touring Interntionaly.
Idel is the Artistic Co-Director and founder of the Machol Shalem Dance house in Jerusalem.

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Ofra Idel

Founder and co-artistic direc
Ruby Edelman

As graduate of the choreography department at The Rotterdam Dance Academy, Edelman received the prestigious “Prince Bernard” Prize and was commissioned to create for the CaDance festival. He was invited to create also for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam at 2001 and 2003.In 2005, Edelman was invited by Johan Kresnik to create “Olympics 2036“ for The Choreographices Theatre, Stadt Theatre Bonn. In 2010 received the Akko Fringe Festival Jury‘s Award for artistic courage on his work “Shoa-Lite“.
In 2011, Edelman was invited by the Schlachthaus Theater in Bern to create “The Holycoaster (s)Hit Circus” - A co-production of the Machol Shalem Dance House and the Swiss PENG!Palast group. The work has been Announced as “ The collective production of the year 2012” by the prestigious German TANZ magazine.
As an independent creator, Edelman has developed a unique interdisciplinary stage language which combines movement, theatre, performance, film and media installation.
Edelman lives and creates in Jerusalem and functions as CEO and Artistic Co-director of the Machol Shalem Dance House.

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Ruby Edelman

Founding CEO and Artistic Co-director
Yan Ardashnikov

בן 37, נשוי ואבא לשני כלבים וחתולה.
סאונדמן ומוזיקאי

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Yan Ardashnikov

Technical Manager
Neria Cohen

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Neria Cohen

Marketing and community relations
Tamar Kaminski

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Tamar Kaminski

Production Manager

About 

Machol Shalem Dance Center

Machol Shalem Dance House (MASH) is an innovative dance center and a leader in the field of performing arts and new technology, operating simultaneously on a community level. MASH showcases a unique multicultural and diverse, interdisciplinary scene rooted in Israel and the world. Each year MASH commissions and produces original content from the independent dance scene. In addition MASH hosts residency exchange programs, over 100 dance shows, and public events throughout the year. The center organizes its annual anchor event, the Jerusalem International Dance Week, which includes a showcase event exhibiting selected Israeli productions to prominent dance managers from around the world, as well as an international choreography competition. MASH also actively promotes artistic collaborations and working relationships with fellow dance houses and festivals globally.

MASH has developed an innovative technological platform for filming, creating, and viewing dance performances in a 360 VR format. It stands at the forefront of the fusion of art and innovation in the field of stage video. Editing and projection of dance works in the VR library are presented in an interactive, immersive, and sustainable way with the assistance of VR headsets both in Israel and worldwide.

The center serves dozens of Jerusalem artists each year and supports groups and dance groups managed by religious and ultra-Orthodox artists.

In addition to producing works by a whole dance initiator, artist meetings, performances in the public space, workshops, International Dance Week where an international choreography competition, an entire dance festival and a showcase event where Israeli works are revealed to dozens of directors from around the world and an international dance show for children and youth. The center creates co-productions and working relationships with fellow creators around the world.

The center runs a track for graduates of high schools of the arts in collaboration with the Jerusalem Municipality, runs children's shows, community and social projects and hosts artists for a variety of programs.

The activity takes place in two dedicated halls in the horseshoe complex and in various spaces in Jerusalem.

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Promotional event

A tour at haparsa complex

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Haparsa,

Performing Arts Center

After five years in which the abandoned Rav Chen cinema complex stood, three Jerusalem cultural bodies joined forces with Rami Levy with the aim of making it a creative home for bodies and for the city's residents. The seven studios and concert halls are home to the activities of an entire dance center, the interdisciplinary arena and between heaven and earth.

The entrance space has a transparent and high ceiling in the center of the complex will be designed as a green patio  And together with the well, they will serve as a common public living room, which is a magnet for a meeting of artists and artists who see it as a source of inspiration that nourishes their work and a creative home for renewed and contemporary Jerusalem cultural content.

The new center invites the wide and diverse audience to enjoy young, innovative and vibrant content in the fields of theater, dance, performance, music and visual arts for the benefit of all culture lovers in the city and as part of an aspiration to engage with multicultural populations.

The creative communities in Jerusalem and the surrounding area will have a variety of spaces available, including rehearsal rooms, equipped concert halls, changing rooms and toilets, the patio as a cultural space and community meeting place, lighting equipment, sound, projection, photography and documentation, library and meeting rooms.

The space is gradually operated according to existing principles and preservation of the environment. Alongside all this, the three bodies will offer, individually and in collaboration, artistic accompaniment, artist residency programs, extensive production projects that take place throughout the year, record events, festivals and hosting of young Jerusalem cultural bodies from around the country and abroad.

The renovation of the center was done thanks to the Jerusalem Municipality and the Eden Company.

Haparsa halls

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