For 38 years, American-Israeli contemporary dance company, Keshet Chaim has entertained audiences around the world. Drawing from the timeless themes of Jewish culture to preserve tradition and bring our stories to the stage, they have been praised for originality and inspiring performances. The non-profit arts organization utilizes interactive educational programs to inspire appreciation of diversity, creating excitement and curiosity about our culture.
Concerts have been performed locally at venues including Kodak Theater, Disney Concert Hall, Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood Bowl, Paramount Studios, LA Theatre Center, Greek Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Shrine Auditorium, Japan America Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Saddleback College and throughout Orange County. Regionally, the company has travelled to San Francisco, San Diego, Ventura, Tucson, Washington DC and Sacramento as headliners for large festivals. National tours included shows in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Utah. Internationally, the company has performed at Mexico City’s Festival Aviv, the Bolshoi and Tchaikovsky Theatres in Moscow, Toronto’s IsReal Festival and at Carmiel and Arad Dance Festivals in Israel. The company performed most recently in Washington DC, at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference gala for 15,000 people.
The dynamic multi-faceted ensemble has been praised by international press for passion and originality:
(Hebrew for "Colors of Life")
Keshet Chaim is an American-Israeli contemporary dance company, dedicated to celebrating the inclusive spirit of Israeli culture and Judaism throughout the world. Founded in 1983 by Artistic Director Eytan Avisar, Keshet Chaim creates, develops and presents original choreography which fuses contemporary Israeli dance with Jewish folk dance traditions from across the Diaspora. Influenced by the multi-ethnic roots of the Jewish music, art, poetry and culture, Keshet Chaim combats prejudice and anti-Semitism through entertainment, community outreach, children's workshops, and professional development dance education.
Keshet Chaim "forges a unique identity…one of the few touring American dance groups committed exclusively to Israeli culture and dance," according to the LA Daily News.
The company operates under the belief that cultural diffusion and dissemination of artistic values are key to the betterment of society. The company's mission includes both preserving and extending the heritage of ethnic dance and music found in the diverse communities of the Jewish Diaspora. Influenced by world music, the multi-ethnic roots of the Jewish people, and a constant drive for interpreting and exploring Jewish values through art, Keshet Chaim serves as both a repertory ensemble for traditional forms and a laboratory for contemporary works based on these traditions. Keshet Chaim has become a pioneer in the development of Jewish dance and seeks to focus its mission by teaching the richness of the cultures within the community to Jews and non-Jews alike.