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Jerusalem, the tiny town from Footlooseby michael • June 27 2008
Municipal news, City planning, News
Malicious modern dance from the Renana Raz Dance Group
As anybody in opposition to the raw on-screen sexuality of a young and virile Kevin Bacon can tell you, dancing is a threat to the fabric of society. Some jurisdictions respond to the sinister undulations of those nymphs held in the thrall of wicked Terpsichore by simply banning all iniquitous wiggling outright. Others "compromise": profligate poussettes will be tolerated as long as all female participants cover every inch of skin, from neck to wrists to ankles, in featureless smocks and hide their hair beneath all-black Jacques Cousteau tuques. It's a fair compromise, truly: nothing expresses the glory of the human form in movement like a Sears poncho.
On Wednesday Lupolianski surrendered to the ultra-Orthodox community's demands to cancel the show by Mehola dance ensemble planned for the inauguration ceremony.
City councilman Saar Netanel voiced his displeasure by trodding all over a speech by Lupolianski at a council meeting yesterday.
"You always open with achievements and positive things that happened this month," Netanel called out, "so how is it that you didn't open with the 'marvelous thing' that happened to us yesterday when the girls of a dance ensemble were dressed in clothes like in Tehran. How is it that you don't open with the fact that women in Jerusalem are being dressed as in Iran?"
Oddly, given this reverberating kowtow to the miffed sensibilities of a vocal few, nobody in the city government seemed to pay much attention to Jerusalemites whose aesthetic senses were offended by the soaring, heart-stoppingly expensive middle finger of Iberian modernism jutting out the heart of one of Jerusalem's drabbest neighborhoods. But then, wounded aesthetes don't typically express their displeasure with municipal policy by setting their garbage bins alight, a lack of gumption that's allowed, for example, Moshe Safdie to strew his least appealing designs across the Israeli landscape like a petulant child knocking over his blocks.
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