Dr. Ruth Eshel





The topic Dance in Israel in the Hebrew Encyclopaedia (1993), Volume 6 (2), pp.965 – , 969

Author of the book Dancing with the Dream – The Development of Artistic Dance in Israel,1920- 1964 (1991), Sifriat Hapolim, Tel Aviv.

Personages and Tendencies of Jewish-Yemenite Tradition in Stage Dance in Israel in Barefoot, Naomi Bahat-Razon(ed), E`ele Betamar, Tel-Aviv 1999.

Dance Spreads its Wings – Concert Dance in Israel 1920-2000, 2016, www.israeldance-diaries.com


Selected Papers

A Creative Process in Ethiopian-Israeli Dances: Eskesta Dance Theater and Beta Dance Troupe (2011), Dance Chronicle, vol.34, no.3, pp. 352 – 387. English.

Creation in the junction between the authentic and the renewed: a personal story (2011), Dance Today, no.19, pp. 7-9. Translated to English.                   

 Asceticism, Hedonism and Virus: Keys to understanding  Ohad Naharin's artistic work (2010), Dance Today, no. 18,  pp. 3 -10. Translated to English.

 Interview with Nilly Cohen on "Curtain Up" (2010), Dance Today, no. 17, pp. 9 – 11.

Twenty years to the "Curtain Up –  1998-2009 (2010), Dance Today, no.  17, pp. 3 – 8.

Compressed and Rapid – about "Curtain Up" 2008 (2008), Dance Today, no. 15, p.25.

Connection and Detachment  Junctions between Concert Dance and the Ethnic Dance in Israel (2008), Dance Today,  no. 15, pp. 67-62. Translated to English.

In Memory of Hedda Oren (2008), Dance Today no. 14, pp. 45 – 46.               

And After Requiem for Jeannette Ordman (2008), Dance Today,  no.14, pp.  38 – 39.

The Flourishing of Contemporary Dance in Israel Today (2008), Dance Today, no. 14, pp. 63 – 57. Translated to English.

To Fish for the Eskesta – Creation Processes for Building Contemporary Ethiopian Dance (2008), Dance Today, no. 15, pp. 18 – 24. Translated to English.

Mirali Sharon: "Dance is a unique entity of life" (2005), Dance Today, no. 12, pp. 20 – 26.

Thoughts on "Curtain Up" 2004 (2005), Dance Today, no. 12, pp.  7 – 9. Translated to English.

Words for Sara Levi-Tanai and Giora Manor (2005), Dance Today, no. 13, pp. 92 – 95. Translated to English.

The Batsheva Dance Company – the Graham Decade (2004), Dance Today, no.11, pp. 7 – 23.

Concert Dance in Israel (2003), Dance Research Journal,35/1 Summer, pp.61 – 80. English.

The Great Revolt and the Return to the Roots: the influence of Ausdruckstanz on Movement Theater in Israel (2003), Dance Today, no.10. Translated to English.

 Theater and Dance – A Meeting Point (2002), Dance Today, No.8. 4 – 9

Institutionalization and Centralization: Dance In Israel 1964-1977 (2001), Dance Today, no 6, pp 4 -13. Translated to English, pp. 93 – 86.

What is Dance-Theater? – Definition (2001), Dance Today, no.5, pp.27 – 33.

Changing Roles: Who are We? What is our Station? – Gender in Israeli Dance (2001), Dance Today,  no.4, pp.32 -38.

Classical Ballet – Israeli Dance` s Stepson (2000), Dance Today, no.2, pp. Translated to English.

Hips Swirl lie a Mobile in Kibbutz Ein-HaShofet – Celebrating Pageants in the Valley and in

the  Mountains (2000), Dance Today, no.1, pp. 44 – 48. Translated to English, pp. 77 – 72.

In Praise of Props – Dance Props in Israel, Israel Dance Quarterly no.13, Autumn 1998, pp.  8 – 15.

Dance Costume Design in Israel, Israel Dance Quarterly no. 11, August, 1997, pp. 35 – 37.

To Dance with the Times–The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Israeli Dance, Israel Dance Quarterly, no. 10, 1977, pp. 14 – 21. Translated to English, pp. 79 – 72.

Pre-History of  the Kibbutz Dance Company, Israel Dance Quarterly no.9, December 1996.

 Form and Content and What`s Between, Israel Dance Quarterly no.8, 1996.

Fact and Fiction – The Israel Ballet, Israel Dance Quarterly no, 1995.

The Specific in the Universal – Moshe Effrati`s KolDemama, Israel Dance Quarterly no.6, September 1995.

The Art of Performance, Israel  Dance Quarterly no.5, 1994.

Batsheva Dance Company and Israeli Choreographers, Israel Dance Quarterly no.4, 1994.

Modern Dance Education at the Close of the2th Century, Israel Dance Quarterly  no.3, 1994.

Shoulder Dances – Dance Traditions of the Ethiopian Jews, Israel Dance Quarterly

no. 2, 1993.

Russian  Classical Ballet in Israel (1920-1964), Music, August 1989.

The Crisis of Artistic Dance in Israel in the Fifties, Israel Dance Annual, 1988.

Looking Inside – Searching for our Own Identity in Dance, Israel Dance Annual, 1985.

Video and Dance, Israel Dance Annual, 1984.

About Dance Education and Creativity, Israel Dance Annual, 1981.

The Dance Class, Israel Dance Annual, 1980.



Shoulder Dancing (2011). A documentary film (52 minutes) about the life project with Ethiopian Jews in Israel

Dance in Israel  –  Academic TV Channel (Each film is 52 minutes and includes extracts from dances and interviews):

Props in Israeli Dance. Ruth  Eshel interviews Rina Schenfeld, Ido Tadmor and Ruth Ziv-Eyal, May 1999.

Gender in Israeli  Dance. Ruth Eshel interviews Nava Zuckerman, Oshra Elkayam-Ronen and Noa Dar, July 1999.

Dance in the Bible. Ruth Eshel interviews Yardena Cohen and Gila Toledano, October 1999.

Vertigo Dance Company. Ruth Eshel interviews Adi Sha`al and Noa Wertheim, October 2000.

Prayers of Beta-Israel. Ruth Eshel interviews Margaret Hayon and Ron Atar,October 2000.

KolDemma Dance Company. Ruth Eshel interviews  choreographer Moshe Efrati, November 2000.

 Mirali Sharon, Ruth Eshel interviews choreographer Mirali Sharon, October 2001.

Talia Paz.  Ruth Eshel interviews dancer Talia Paz, 2002.

Yasmin Goddar. Ruth Eshel interviews choreographer yasimin Goddar, 2002.

Ido Tadmor. An interview with  dancer  and choreographer Ido Tadmor (2003)