Department of Theatre: Eskesta Dance Company

University of Haifa's Dance Theatre company, founded by students of Ethiopian origins

For Eskesta's first program (1996):

Artistic directing and choreography: Ruth Eshel
Music: Zena Adhneni (acting major, Department of Theatre)
Costumes: Tal Itzhaki
Lighting: Yehiel Orgal


For Eskesta's second program: Maharu ("In Memoriam") (1998),

inspired by the Ethiopian-Jewish community's long walk in the Sudan desert on their way to Israel:

Artistic directing and choreography: Ruth Eshel
Costumes: Tal Itzhaki
Lighting: Yehiel Orgal
Pruduction manager: Yael Hasson-Tirosh

Eskesta dance company originated in Ruth Eshel's dance class on the first year of the Department of Theatre's existence. For an initial impression of Eskesta's first days, see article in focus, spring 1996 issue. Since its establishment, the group has performed all over Israel, as well as in Paris, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and the Ravenna Festival in Italy.





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