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Israel Ballet

Street address:   2 Heh Be’Iyar Circle, Tel Aviv 62093
Telephone number:   972 3 696 6610
Fax number:   972 3 695 7081
Proprietor:   Non-profit organisation supported by the Culture and Arts Administration, the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation
Contact:   Berta Yampolsky and Hillel Markman Artistic Directors

The Israel Ballet was founded in 1967 by Berta Yampolsky and Hillel Markman, in order to provide a platform for talented dancers and to foster public awareness of classical ballet. The company performs work from the international classical repertoire, as well as original works. In 1975 the company performed ‘Serenade’, a work by choreographer George Balanchine, at the Israel Festival. Several years later, when the troupe performed this work in New York, the choreographer saw it and subsequently awarded the Israel Ballet the right to perform his works free of royalties. Since then, the company’s repertoire has included many works by George Balanchine, including ‘Concerto Baroquo’, the pas de deux from the ballet ‘Egon’ and ‘The Four Temperaments’. In 1980 the Israel Ballet was invited to appear at the Athens Festival, and in 1981 it performed in the USA, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile, where Berta Yampolsky’s choreography for ‘Dvorak Variations’ won the critics’ prize for best foreign choreography. In 1984 the company was invited to participate in the International Dance Festival in Reggio Emilia, Italy. In 1985 Berta Yampolsky created her first full-length ballet, ‘The Nutcracker’, followed in 1986 by ‘Cinderella’, in 1987 by ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (a ballet staged in conjunction with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and in 1991 by ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The company comprises some 30 dancers. In addition to regular performances, activities include groups, workshops, demonstrations and seminars at the Classical Ballet Center. The latter is a ballet school which accepts students from the age of seven onwards and trains a company reserve, its senior dancers joining the company on completion of their studies.