Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Amazing Dance Troupe~HaKol Petuach~Part 8: God Created the fishes and the birds.

...And God said let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life.  And fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven...

The girls were so excited to have their feathery wings to "fly" across the stage. Delightful!

One of the most wonderful things about the evening was that everybody volunteered their time and resources. From the filming to create the backdrops, to the voice of "God" as well as a few songs by the singer Adam, to the artist who created the paintings "live", even the purchase of canvas and paints--given freely and joyfully. All came together eagerly to help these beautiful children with their performance. The love and giving of these children is so open and free. As Mayor Nir Barkat said in his opening remarks, this group truly shows that in Jerusalem , Everything is Possible!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Amazing Dance Troupe~HaKol Petuach~Part 6:

Here is another segment of the performance at the Jerusalem Theater on 04 April 2011.  Yes, sometimes the timing is off, but these enthusiastic kids do not quit--they just go back and start over!

This clip shows some of the amazing backdrop features that were shown to the audience while the girls were changing costumes.

And God created two lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and He also created the stars...

Amazing Dance Troupe~HaKol Petuach~Part 7: Fourth Day - The Stars

The girls were joined on stage by Adam, one of Israel's favorite singers, to do a song (and dance) about the night. The girls were so delighted to be on stage with Adam.

And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day...

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Amazing Dance Troupe HaKol Petuach~Part 5

The waters receded and the dry land appeared. During the performance, while costumes changes were being made, the audience was treated to beautiful scenes of an artist "painting the days of creation" In all live performances, there are glitches, and in this clip we see that these precious girls are no exception. But, as the audience watched, it was not the lost steps or the problem with removal of outer costumes that the audience saw--it was the determination to complete their task--and God saw that it was good--and the evening and the morning were the third day...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Introducing HaKol Petuach

On April 4th, 2011, David Rawlings 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 Petuach 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: 
The Heavens before the Creation
All those who participate in the Jerusalem Arts Festival contribute to the mosaic of Jerusalem. Hakol Petuach 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.

Day 1~Formless & Empty
The director of Hakol Petuach, Momi (Shlomo) Gil, was the first male 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 in Israel. Bracha started the Hora Dance troupe, a Jerusalem group that has traveled the world, and is now led by Adi Gordon Rawlings.

The Dry Land
 Before moving to New York City at the age of 17, Momi danced with, Bat Sheva, critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies in the world. Today, Momi's name can be found  listed in the credits for costumes and design of countless performances in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Let the Birds Fly Above the Earth...

It was 18 years ago that Momi became involved with HaKol Petuach. When Braha asked him if he would be interested in teaching dance to special needs children Momi went to see them and never left. Since that day, Momi has taken them from dancing solely in the studio to stages all across Israel and abroad. 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.

Special Needs Percussion Group

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 must read review 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! "It was as if they wrapped up a gift and sent it out to the audience," Tamar Binyamin of Israel Vision TV.

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 was just for them. It left the audience with lasting memories.
Adam singing "It's 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 Rawlings & Momi Gil 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!

The Creation Story by HaKol Petuach~Introduction

This blog is mainly about an amazing group of dancers (HaKol Petuach) who performed for the Jerusalem Arts Festival. Despite sever learning and mental disabilities these young people demonstrate that everything is indeed possible. Over the next days we will post the entire performance in sections. At the end there will a DVD available of the entire performance.

Today is the Introduction Dance and the Greeting my the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat.
This is a medley of songs chosen by the girls. Their instructor, Momi Gil asked them what were the things they loved in life. He chose the songs according to their response. The clip below is right before the show. Momi is asking them ... 

Monday, 2 May 2011

Dance Troupe HaKol Petuach~Part 4

Maim~The Waters. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the the morning were the second day.