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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A One of a Kind Dance Troupe

Last night, 04 April 2010, David filmed an amazing dance troupe called HaKol Petuach (Everything is Open) at the Jerusalem Arts Festival. Their program was בריאת העולם (Creation of the World). The simple description of the program said:
The Jerusalem Art Festival stages an exciting performance, charmingly and professionally done, presenting the story of the Creation in words, movement and sound. With singer Adam and the Hakol Patuach dance troupe, the special group of the Jerusalem Municipality's Arts Division. Direction, choreography and costumes: Momi Gil. Producer and troupe director: Sarah Sharabi.

The program and the story behind this night is a program in itself! HaKol Petuach dance troupe is made up of severely mentally challenged, special needs children. At the start of the performance the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat stood and told the audience: 
All those who participate in the Jerusalem Arts Festival contribute to the mosaic of Jerusalem. Hakol Patuach shows that everything is possible.This dance troupe, reflects Jerusalem in 2011. Everything in Jerusalem is open for all levels of society to express themselves and we are so proud to have this troupe perform for us tonight. I usually don't stay at performances because of my schedule, but tonight I will stay to the end. Enjoy!

Day 1~Formless & Empty

The director of Hakol Patuach, Momi (Shlomo) Gil, was the first boy dancer for the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance. Momi was also the first boy to dance with the late Bracha Dudai, who was a major contributor to the hora, to the city of Jerusalem and to the art of dance. Bracha started the Hora Dance troupe, a Jerusalem group that has traveled the world, and is now led by Adi Gordon Rawlings (David's wife).

The Dry Land

Momi had spent many years as a dancer in New York, then returned to Israel to dance with Bat Sheva, critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies in the world. He started a women's dress store in Jerusalem and his name can be found  listed in the credits for costumes and design of countless performances.

Let the Birds Fly Above the Earth...
It was eighteen years ago that Momi became involved with HaKol Petuach. Every week he has donated his time to the group--teaching, choreographing and then designing and making All of the costumes for their performances!

HaKol Petuach's first "show" took place in 2010--they performed a mere three dances. It was so successful that the Municipality asked them to prepare a full evening's performance for the Jerusalem Arts Festival 2011. Last night was the result of their hard work.

At one point the stage went black. The lights came up slowly to the rhythmic beat of percussion instruments. Seated in a semi-circle  the performers were drumming out a joyful sound. The precise beat filled the theater. A delighted audience enthusiastically joined in, clapping in time and bouncing in their seats. Pure magic!

Family and friends of the performers, filled the theater, but many who attended had no idea of the unique experience they were about to undergo.

A review of the evening was posted by Voices Magazine, called Accidental Audience, where the author states "Tears poured down my cheeks."

Israeli Singer Adam

Indeed, emotion flooded the building--and how could anyone not be touched!

Words can not describe the unabashed joy these young people poured into their work and  through their efforts it flowed generously out to all in attendance. Somehow everyone knew that the hours of training and rehearsals, together with the music, backdrops and costumes had been wrapped together in a special gift of love--just for them. It left the audience with lasting memories.

It is Truly a Wonderful World

Popular Israeli singer, Adam participated in the show as the "Voice of the Bible", and joined the troupe onstage.

Adam and the girls sang and swayed to the tune of "It's a Wonderful World",

The joy, and love of their craft displayed by  these performers had everyone convinced that it is indeed a truly wonderful world we live in. 

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good...

David & Momi Backstage

For the past eight months David has been following the  efforts of this special group of dancers. He immediately recognized the importance of this project both to the girls and society as a whole. David's goal is to help them create their own "house" in Jerusalem. The purpose of this house is to provide a place for severely mentally challenged children to learn to express themselves in a safe, warm and loving environment.

There are no bookings yet, but this show is going to go world wide. I (David) know that the Lord has shown me that this dance troupe is of His making.

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty...I Corinthians 1:27

Over the next weeks we will be post more pictures, film clips and information. A DVD of last night's touching performance will be available soon. 

David is also working on a documentary for the group--this is a story that needs telling! 

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