Hartwood Rehearsal in Israel

Even far away in Israel, we always have Pittsburgh in mind.  Our annual Hartwood performance being just around the corner meant that some spare time in Israel would be used to rehearse for Hartwood and other upcoming performances.

Caitlin Peabody and Joseph Parr practicing on stage. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Molly Wright and Robert Moore practicing on stage. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

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Amanda Cochrane practicing on stage in Rishon LeZion. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Luca Sbrizzi practicing on stage. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Christine Schwaner and Luca Sbrizzi rehearsing Flower Festival. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Christine Schwaner rehearsing Flower Festival. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Luca Sbrizzi rehearsing Flower Festival. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Luca Sbrizzi rehearsing Flower Festival. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Luca Sbrizzi rehearsing Flower Festival. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Christine Schwaner and Luca Sbrizzi rehearsing Flower Festival. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Karmiel Dance Festival Performance

Elysa Hotchkiss, Christine Schwaner, Nurlan Abougaliev and Cooper Verona in Maelstrom. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Elysa Hotchkiss and Eva Trapp in Maelstrom. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Maelstrom. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Maelstrom. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Julia Erickson and Alexandre Silva in Sylvia Pas de Deux Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Gabrielle Thurlow and Luca Sbrizzi in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Gabrielle Thurlow and Luca Sbrizzi in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Gabrielle Thurlow, Luca Sbrizzi, Danielle Downey and Alejandro Diaz in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Luca Sbrizzi, Alejandro Diaz and Stephen Hadala in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Alexandra Kochis and Nicholas Coppula in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Christopher Budzynski in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Gabrielle Thurlow and Eva Trapp in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Alexandra Kochis and Nicholas Coppula in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Alexandra Kochis and Nicholas Coppula in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Eva Trapp, Stephen Hadala and Robert Moore in Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Step Touch. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

PBT Visits Rosh HaNikra, Ein Hod and Binyamina Winery

On Friday, while some dancers explored Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, some dancers went to explore some of the northern regions sites for nature and art lovers.  They went to Rosh HaNikra, Ein Hod and Binyamina Winery.

The Rosh HaNikra grottoes is a geologic formation in Israel, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the Western Galilee. It is a white chalk cliff face which opens up into spectacular grottos. Since it was located somewhat near our hotel in Acre, it was a great day trip.

PBT dancers Gabrielle Thurlow, Cooper Verona, Caitlin Peabody and Amanda Cochrane at Rosh HaNikra grottoes

After visiting Rosh HaNikra, some of the dancers took a trip to Ein Hod.  Ein Hod is an artists’ village, the only one of its kind in Israel and one of the few such villages in the world. Nestled in natural vegetation and bordered by an ancient olive grove, it lies on the western slopes of Mt Carmel, in a breathtaking landscape looking out toward the sea and the Crusader fortress of Atlit.

PBT dancers Amanda Cochrane, Gabrielle Thurlow, Caitlin Peabody, and Cooper Verona reenacting a statue they found in Ein Hod. Photo by PBT Executive Director Harris Ferris.

After Ein Hod, they were able to get a tour of a winery in Israel, Binyamina.

PBT dancer Caitlin Peabody at Binyamina Winery. Photo by PBT dancer Amanda Cochrane.

Israel Tour Photos from Dancer Nicholas Coppula

Cooper Verona waiting for the delayed flight out of Pittsburgh.

Julia Erickson’s bag–packed full of Barre.

Gathering the group upon arrival to Tel Aviv.

Relaxing on the roof deck of Acco Beach Hotel and enjoying the view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Waiting for the bus in the hotel lobby.

Carrying the therapy table to the bus.

On the bus to go to the first day of rehearsals in Israel.

Luca Sbrizzi working out the kinks from a long day of traveling.

Julia Erickson and Eva Trapp lounging on the studio floor.

The company preparing for class.

Eva Trapp and Gabby Thurlow heading into the old city of Acre.

A Mosque in Acre

Dinner the first night in Israel. It was absolutely delicious.

There were cats all over Israel. This one took particularly to Yoland Collin, the company Pianist.

Eva Trapp eating the most amazing salad ever. No one spoke English at this restaurant, and there was no English menu.

The bazaar at the Karmiel Dance Festival.

Cooper Verona with his Karmiel Dance Festival security tag.

The Karmiel Dance Festival.

Thousands of people gathered to watch the opening performance of the Karmiel Dance Festival.

Julia Erickson doing some Pilates in the aisle of the theatre.

Executive Director, Harris Ferris, sitting in the house before the first performance.

Robert Moore leaning in to a dressing room backstage in Karmiel.

One of the small dressing rooms backstage in Karmiel.

Robert Moore stretching in the doorway to his dressing room.

Luca Sbrizzi waiting for rehearsal to begin.

Artistic Director, Terrence Orr, considering solutions some technical challenges.

Eva Trapp reading inscription of the wall of this church in Nazareth.

A shop in Nazareth.

A local shop owner showing us unroasted and roasted coffee beans.

A coffee grinder and empty sack in the coffee and spice shop.

The shop owner scooping spices in his shop in Nazareth.

Julia Erickson and Eva Trapp in the car traveling from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee.

Julia Erickson, Aaron Ingley, Nick Coppula, and Eva Trapp after a late lunch on the Sea of Galilee.

The Sea of Galilee.

A room in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.

Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley in the streets of Jerusalem.

Eva Trapp, Julia Erickson, and Aaron Ingley on the rampart walls of Jerusalem.

Walking through the crowed streets in Jerusalem.

A street in Jerusalem.

The drive through the desert to the Dead Sea.

A camel near the Dead Sea.

PBT Visits Jerusalem

On our last day in Israel, we had our final excursions planned which started off with early morning departure to Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and it was about a 2 hours drive from our hotel.  Known as one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem holds a lot of historic significance for the country and the entire company was excited to check it out.  We spent most of our time within the walled Old City of Jerusalem.  We visited all four quarters (Muslim, Armenian, Christian, and Jewish)  and seeing things such significant sites like the Western Wall and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

PBT dancer Caitlin Peabody taking in the view of the Old City of Jerusalem

PBT dancers (and husband & wife) Christine Schwaner and Alexandre Silva in front of the Old City

PBT dancers (and husband & wife) Alexandra Kochis and Christopher Budzynski in front of the Old City

PBT dancers Robert Moore & Christine Schwaner meeting a donkey in Jerusalem

The Old City

The Western Wall

The Western Wall

PBT dancers Alejandro Diaz and Gabrielle Thurlow taking a shot of the view in the Old City.

PBT dancers Danielle Downey and Amanda Cochrane took a break to enjoy some falafel in Jerusalem.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

PBT dancer Alejandro Diaz in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with his hand on the The Stone of Anointing

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

A spice shop in the Old City

PBT dancer Alejandro Diaz posing with some guards in the Old City.

Can you find the Pittsburgh Steelers shirt?