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Netta Yerushalmy moved from Israel to study dance at New York University

The seven-member modern dance troupe will be performing "Syncopated Being," subtitled "an evening of dance with rhythms and live people," at Fulton Hill Studios this weekend.

Yerushalmy found the style of dancing

between the two countries significantly different. In Israel where she studied

modern and ballet, she explains, "the aesthetic is very rough and physical and

theatrical. The critics are very tough." Here, she sees the dance as "much more

lyrical and conventional. There's lots of great stuff, but I do feel there's

a difference."

The company will present three works.

The recently premiered "Thereness" involves a volatile quartet of dancers holding

hands in circle, exploring the restrictions and dependency of coexistence. More

comedic and quirky, "The Honeymoon Aspect of the Leisure Industry" reveals an

odd world of common social behaviors gone awry. "Syncopated Being" captures

the style of her Israeli roots and shows a duet fiercely negotiating for space.

Yerushalmy brings her work to Richmond

because of family here who will finally get the chance to see what she does.

But she and the company grab onto any opportunity to get out of New York, which

she calls a jungle.

"New York is quite wonderful, but

it's really good to go somewhere with a different vibe, and we're always looking

for new opportunities to perform."

What are her plans for returning

to Israel? Though her family lives in the north which has been spared from violence,

she continually wonders about going home: "I ask myself [about returning home]

every day. This is the worst violence in our country ever. The economy is influenced

by what's going on, and so is everyone's mood. I do want to return so I can

participate again in the dance scene there."

It may be more a question of when,

not if. But until that decision is made, the same question will pursue her,

perhaps appearing in a future work; such struggles provide great creative fodder.

For now, she teaches movement to children and yoga to adults, and the company

presents regularly in venues across Manhattan. And then there's the occasional

escape to Richmond. S

Netta Yerushalmy's Dancing People

presents "Syncopated Being: an evening of dance with rhythms and live people"

on March 22 and 23 at Fulton Hill Studios, 1000 Carlisle Ave., 8pm. Tickets

cost $8-$12. Call 236-0900. There will also be an open house of Fulton artist

studios on March 22 prior to the show at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


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