Richmond Ballet News

It was a cold and snowy month…

November 13th, 2017

in Richmond, but not for the lucky members of the Minds in Motion residency team, who packed their bags for new adventures in Israel!

This January, teaching artists Jordan Glunt and Katherine Smothers, along with musician Bentley Cobb, spent two weeks moving and grooving with children from Al Salam School and Beit Yitzhak Elementary School. Additional support came in the form of teaching apprentice (and Richmond MIM alum) Alex Zaslav and Tel-Aviv based musician Guy Frati.

So what does Minds in Motion look like when the teachers speak English, half the students speak Hebrew and half the students speak Arabic?

In the words of the residency team: “buoyant” “trust” “a cartoon (but in the good way)” “amazing” “joy”

Also dancing. Lots of dancing. 

And even though the residency is over, culminating with a vibrant performance in Beit Yitzhak (despite pouring rain), the cultural exchange continues. Locally, several of the Richmond Minds in Motion schools initiated a pen-pal exchange with the residency schools, and reply packets returned with the residency team. On a much larger level, Matter of Color—a group of Israel-based artists—has been in partnership with Minds in Motion all year, creating unique artwork based on the theme of empathy: artwork that goes on auction this month!

Visit our Israel residency page for photos and full reactions from the residency team, and don’t forget to check out Art for Understanding!

submitted by Rachel Shimkus, musician


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