Dancer in the Dark Bureaucracy

Foreign workers are an integral part of the Israeli dance scene, yet the state chases overseas-born dancers away.

“Foreign workers” is not usually a term associated with Israeli art, but over the past 20 years the influx of foreign workers into the local dance community has been such that by now they can be seen as a significant part of the local cultural scene. Nearly every Israeli dance ensemble or project includes at least one foreign dancer. Israeli dance, home to some of the world’s top...