After 37 years of nomadic existence, Israel’s national classical ballet company has acquired a fitting home in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural capital. The Rose Cooper Israel Ballet Center will house the company and its school, The Classical Ballet Center. With a main studio of 2,625 sq. ft, the company now has ample room to perfect their pirouettes and pliés. The Center also includes a green room, cafeteria, administrative offices and a studio, and facilities of the company school.

Designers Heidi Arrad and Yacobi – whose work includes the Performing Arts Academy in Ashdod – added three additional floors above an existing gymnasium which the company previously used for rehearsals. The gymnasium is now used as The Classical Ballet Center’s Studio.

Artistic Directors Berta Yampolsky and Hillel Markman, who founded the company in 1967, could not be more pleased. “It’s going to make us dance better than we ever have before,” Ms. Yampolsky told The Jerusalem Post. Equally important, a central home will ensure that the company continues to grow, and foster fresh talent.

The company boasts 35 dancers who perform throughout Israel, Europe, The Far East and the United States. In September 2004, the Israel Ballet kicks off the fall season at its new home in Tel Aviv with a celebration of the George Balanchine Centennial. In October, The Israel Ballet presents “Onegin,” choreographed by John Cranko. In December, the company will perform “The Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by The Israel Ballet’s Artistic Director, Berta Yampolsky, accompanied by the music of Tchaikovsky. A European tour of Hungary and Germany is in the works for later in the season.

The Israel Ballet’s arrival is an auspicious addition to the vibrant city of Tel Aviv. It joins the ranks of such venerable institutions as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cameri, Gesher and Habima Theater companies, and the New Israel Opera Company.

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