A show called “We Love Arabs” might seem out of place in suburban Wake County, thousands of miles from the show’s setting in Israel.
But that’s no obstacle for award-winning Israeli choreographer Hillel Kogan, whose theatrical duet uses the story of Israeli-Arab tensions to examine identity and division everywhere.
“We’ve performed it in many places around the world where there are almost no Arabs at all,” Kogan said. “This piece is very easy to translate to the local situation, because it talks about any kind of racism or discrimination. It could be between white and black, between men and women, between straight and gay people. I think it’s very easy for any audience to make the parallel.”
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That may be especially true in Cary, which has long celebrated the multiculturalism derived from its large immigrant population, hosting large-scale events such as the Chinese Lantern Festival and an annual Diwali celebration.
It’s part of why the town seemed like a worthy venue for this show and the American Dance Festival’s efforts to expand its reach beyond its Durham home, where it’s celebrating its 40th year.
The Cary Theater is hosting two performances of “We Love Arabs” this week – Tuesday and Wednesday – as part of this year’s American Dance Festival. [Get tickets here.]
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More upcoming ADF performances
Thursday: Opening night performance at DPAC
June 20 and 21: Claire Porter & Sara Juli
June 23 and 24: Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. and Natalie Marrone and the Dance Cure
June 28 and 29: Beth Gill
June 30 and July 1: Pilobolus