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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

The Beta Dance Troupe

Tue, November 7, 2006 • 8:30 PM • Texas Union Theater (24th and Guadalupe)

Beta Dance Troupe (beta is an Amharic word meaning house) presents a unique program of traditional Ethiopian Jewish dance, mixing elements of Ethiopian tribal dances (mainly "eskesta" - shoulder dancing -- an Ethiopian traditional dance) and artistic dance based on the culture of Ethiopian Jewry. Consisting of six dancers the troupe combines contemporary music and African rhythms with ancient spirituals chanted in Ge'ez, the sacred language of Ethiopian Jewry.  Along with fascinating move

Beta was established in 2005 by Dr. Ruth Eshel who ten years earlier created the Eskesta Dance Group - composed of students of Ethiopian origin studying at the University of Haifa.  Beyond their artistic goals, Beta has a strong commitment to Neve Yoseph, a large, underprivileged community near Haifa populated by Jews from the Diaspora, with a sizable number of new and old immigrants of Ethiopian descent. Beta has established its home in Neve Yoseph and is fostering young Ethiopian talent.  

Sponsored by: The Program in Jewish Studies

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