|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!
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.
This is for our Canuck friends who, over the years have endured endless re-runs of River Dance on their local TV channels. In case there is anyone who has not had the experience there is a clip from the original River Dance Below….Enjoy!