Ruth Eshel

Dr. Ruth Eshel has a rich background in performance and research in dance. She danced and choreographed many multi‐disciplinary solo recitals (1977‐1987) and received her Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University’s Theatre Department; her dissertation was entitled “Movement-Theatre in Israel 1976-1991.” Eshel has been a field researcher for the Israel Dance Archive at Beit Ariella (1991‐1995) and a lecturer on the history of dance and dance in Israel at Haifa University (1991‐2005). She went on to research the dance of Ethiopian Jews and established the contemporary Ethiopian dance troupes Eskesta (at the University of Haifa, 1995-2010) and Beta (2010 - 2015). Her film Shoulder Dancing, about her life project with the Ethiopians, opened the Addis Ababa International film festival in 2015. She was co‐editor of Israel Dance Quarterly (1993‐1998), the founding editor of Mahol Akhshav (Dance Today) – The Dance Magazine of Israel (2000-present), and dance critic for Ha'aretz Daily (1991-2017). Her website “Israel Dance Diaries” includes all articles in Israel Dance Annual, Israel Dance Quarterly, and Mahol Akhshav. Eshel is the author of Dancing with the Dream- The Development of Artistic Dance in Israel 1920-1964 (1991) and Dance Spreads its Wings – Israeli Concert Dance 1920‐2000 (2016). She received the Minister of Culture's () and the Israel Artists Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in Artistic Dance. After 40 years she returned to performance at the age of 76 to dance her solo Cloak of Stones.

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