BA: When did you meet Ofra Haza?
ME: I met her in Kerem Hateimanim in Schunat Hatikvah in Israel. I didn't
know her very well.
BA: What is the difference in general
trends of music from today, and from when you started to make dances?
ME: When I started making dances, the music was much simpler (flutes,
drums, accordions). The Na'arah record has the sound that I like very much,
not drum machines, and electronic sounds and hip-hop music.
BA: You host two folk dance camps,
Hora Keff and Sababa. How are they different?
ME: Hora Keff is more than a folkdance weekend. It is 5 days long.
You have a chance to meet and reconnect with our Keff Family. People come
to Keff from all over the world, meet, learn new dances, and dance for 5
days. The camp is intense - long days and long nights of dancing and fun. Hora Keff will take place this summer from Tuesday, August 23 - Sunday, August 28, 2005. It will be held in Camp Monroe, which is 70 miles north of New York City. The staff so far is: Moshe Eskayo, Eileen Weinstock, Rafi Ziv, Vincent Parodi, Yaron Alfassi. Alberto Zirlinger and Carina Saslavsky will be joining the staff this year, too. Sababa is a relaxed, party camp, where we review dances, re-teach dances, and reconnect with a different choreographer's work each year. One year we reviewed Moshiko's dances one afternoon. One year we reviewed Moshe's dances one afternoon, and another year it was Dani Dassa. It's a great chance to learn dances that you missed the first time around.
Memorial Day Weekend was originally the dates of Naftaly's Hora
In 2000, Naftaly cancelled his camp, and then asked me to take the dates of
the camp and continue doing a camp on that weekend. Because there are so
many camps now, I decided to do a camp that emphasized classic dances. In addition to learning SOME new dances, we like to play dances that we miss in regular sessions and review and bring back some of the dances that got pushed out of the weekly repertoire. That is the basic spirit of Sababa.
Editorial note: Sababa will be held May 27-30, at Camp Emmanuel, Copake, NY.
Scheduled to attend: Moshe Eskayo, Eileen Weinstock, Shlomo Bachar, Avner Naim, Roni Siman-Tov, Yom Tov Ohayan, Michai David
BA: This year you offered Keff Aviv
in Mexico. What is that like?
ME: Last year, I was invited to be a judge at the Keff Aviv festival in
Mexico. It is a huge event for the people of Mexico and South America, and
a competition of dance groups in categories of Folk and Modern Dancing. The level of the production was extraordinary. The excitement was palpable. I was very excited to be a part of it, and wanted other dancers to experience this event.
The idea was born to do a tour/workshop/participation event in
Mexico with the Festival as its centerpiece. In Mexico, there are many
performance groups and practically no dance sessions. In the US, there are
many dance sessions, but not as many committed performance groups. This was an attempt to bring the two philosophies together - have the North Americans see how professional the competition is there, and have the Mexicans see how much fun a regular "harkada" can be. Keff Aviv is in Mexico, and is not really a camp as much as a touring vacation with some dancing. The point is to experience the Mexican culture, and dance as an aside.
BA: What is the most pleasurable part
about folk dancing for you?
ME: What I love most about dancing are the wonderful people that I meet. Through dancing I know people all over the world, and it has enriched my life. The people who live outside of Israel learn and become connected to the State of Israel. What can be better than that?
Moshe Eskayo's dances are listed at:
Link from: www.israelidances.com
Links from Les Posen video site.
Moshe Eskayo's Debka Gid
Moshe Eskayo's dances to Ofra Haza songs:
Etz Harimon 2 http://homepage.mac.com/israeli_folk_dances/iMovieTheater172.html
Rei'ach Tapuach http://homepage.mac.com/israeli_folk_dances/iMovieTheater439.html
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